The best places to eat pancakes in London

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Today marks the eve of Lent – a time when we all try to give up what we love in pursuit of a better self.

Each year most of us celebrate the onslaught of personal austerity by gorging on fluffy pancakes covered in a smörgåsbord of toppings, delighted that this hallowed Tuesday as swung around again.

For those of us with the manual dexterity of a giraffe, often leaving the batter splattered all over the kitchen thanks to badly performed pancake tossing, going out for Shrove Tuesday could save the day.

There are so many restaurants in London catering for the pancake hunting crowds that if you’re more interested in batter than banter, we’ve picked our top spots.

Pancakes are close to everyone’s heart so feel free to add your comments if we’ve missed a particularly good pancake parlour.

Best places for pancakes in London

1.       The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BX

If you’re based around this part of the City and fancy something a little different, a visit to The Water Poet could serve you well for all your pancake needs. The hip gastro-pub is serving up an array of exotic (and sometimes booze inspired) pancakes from midday.

There’s both sweet and savoury to choose from. We’re definitely scooting down after work for an apple & cinnamon pancake with Aspall cider syrup. Yum.

2.       Soho Crêperie, 63 Dean St, W1D 4QG

If you’re as mad about condiments and topping as we are, this newly opened crêpe-house will delight. It’s the sister to Crémerie Crêperie in Kensington so if you can’t make it to Soho there’a another option.

If you’re feeling adventurous you can go for one of the more obscure fillings - chicken with peanut butter, and one named The Full English both sound particularly tempting.

3.       Giant Robot, 45 Clerkenwell Road EC1 and Tiny Robot, 78 Westbourne Grove, W2

These bionic brasseries are offering three varieties of pancakes. The options seem to be well-oiled with liquor. Perhaps not one for the kids.

 Choose from Lemoncillo & Sugar or Grand Marnier, Nutella & Banana, or Fresh Blueberries, Bacon & Woodford Reserve infused Maple Syrup.

4.       William Curley, 198 Ebury St  London SW1W 8UN

If you’re more of a Nutella pancake-head than a lemon and sugarite why not partake in the Shrov-ial concoctions of a master chocolatier.  

William Curley will be serving up pancakes slavered in chocolate sauce and a selection of other toppings. They won’t be cheap but they’ll be a real treat.

5.       ONE08, 108 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London, W1U 2QE

Free pancakes. Yes, free. Get yourself down to Marylebone’s trendy little lane today and you could be in line to receive a gratis little pancakey number with the classic accompaniment of lemon and sugar.

The restaurant is serving the treats with teas and coffees from 9am – 11am and as a dessert after lunch or dinner for the rest of the day.

  • P.S. If you do in fact fancy making a bash at it yourself you can get expert tips if you head over to Fortnum and Mason where they will be giving demonstrations throughout the day. You’ll be flipping excellent in no time.

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