Pancake Day: The Best Pancakes In London

By Dom Bewley

Pancakes. The simple act of mixing eggs, milk, flour and butter has no right being so good. But here we are. An advanced civilisation that has travelled to the stars, mastered electricity, and created front-facing phone cameras. And still, this humble mix of kitchen basics remains one of the most delicious concoctions anyone has ever dreamed up. So, how did we get here? Well, it's likely the popularity of one Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday was the pig-out event that preceded Lent, a Christian month of fasting and self-reflection before Easter. This involved using up all the bits and bobs left around the house, so you wouldn't be tempted to tuck in later on. And those ingredients I mentioned above? Turns out they make some pretty tasty things. These days, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, is something that everyone can enjoy. You don't even need to fast afterwards. And if you're in London, you can certainly make the most of it. There's no shortage of pancake places to visit. So, if you're the sort of person who flips a pancake straight onto the floor, or if every bout in the kitchen results in a fire, somehow, then head outside for some pancake-y treats. And you don't even have to do your own research - it's all here. Just for you. So, let's get on with it. Here are the best pancakes in London. Featuring:

  • My Old Dutch
  • Breakfast Club
  • Christopher's
  • and more!

My Old Dutch


If you want to be spoilt for choice, and you're partial to a savoury pancake too, then your first stop should be My Old Dutch in Holborn. Their menu is immense, featuring an A3 side of sweet and savoury pancakes to choose from. You could, of course, go for the traditional sorts. Sugar, lemon, maple syrup, etcetera. But, why not try something different? The eponymous My Old Dutch features smoked bacon, chicken, ham, peppers, mushrooms, sweet corn & cheese. Or, if you're vegan, they have a whole section full of guilt-free goodies. And, if you're still reeling from your post-Christmas/New Year's blowout, sample the Lite menu for tasty treats under 450 calories. But if you're going full-fat, go on an empty stomach. Their pancakes are massive. As wide as a large pizza, but a little kinder on the midriff. If you're planning on going there on the day itself, we'd recommend you book ahead. My Old Dutch is pretty popular, and we only imagine it'll be rammed on Pancake Day. If it's not their busiest time of year, then, people are peopling wrong.

Breakfast Club

Angel and other assorted locations

If you're not already aware of Breakfast Club, here's the gist. Breakfast all day, every day. Taking inspiration from John Hughes' 80s brat-pack classic, Breakfast Club has made a name for itself all across London over the past decade. Step inside and you'll see walls plastered with memorabilia from the era. Movie posters, newspaper cuttings and the like. If you've walked past a small restaurant with a surprisingly large queue at 9 in the morning, then you've probably walked past a Breakfast Club. Naturally, they have a host of trans-Atlantic breakfast offerings to choose from. Including stacks of American-style pancakes that are sure to fill the belly of any Pancake Day enthusiast. There's the All American, with eggs, sausage, potatoes and bacon. Or pancakes with berries and even vegan pancakes for those of you living the clean life. Just bear in mind those queues we mentioned earlier. You can't book in advance, so especially on pancake day, aim to get there early and leave a little time to spare in case a queue has formed outside.

Where The Pancakes Are


The clue's in the name. This is another pancake house that specialises in sweet and savoury offerings. And the good news is that on Pancake Day they'll stay open until midnight. So, you've got plenty of time and literally no excuse not to go get your pancake on. Whatever that means. You've got your typical American offerings, as well as more unusual sweet offerings like the Banana Praline Marshmallow, which is relatively self-explanatory. And The Hummingbird, which features cinnamon-poached pineapple (yes, that's apparently a thing, and no, we didn't know about it either), lime syrup, pomegranate and toasted coconut. Or, if you're in the mood for another round of Christmas dinner - even if it's nearly 2 months late - try A Winter's Tale. Roast turkey, Brussel sprouts, cranberries and sage butter. And for a few extra quid, you can add a glass of mulled wine and feel extra Christmasy. Nice.

Hash E8


This East London spot is another all-day breakfast place. Because breakfast is the best. And that's a fact. While Hash E8 doesn't specialise in pancakes, their fluffy offerings are some of the best in town. This self-stylised 'modern greasy spoon' offers your standard buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup, blueberry pancakes with yoghurt, and white chocolate pancakes with caramelised banana. It might seem slim compared to some of the other places on this list, but when the quality is this high, why not keep it simple? Of course, you could always add to your Pancake Day prize with a number of delicious sides. Why not throw in some hash browns, a bucket of bacon, and some grilled halloumi to boot? Simply divine.


Covent Garden

For nearly 20 years, Christopher's has been giving Londoners the sweet taste of American cuisine. The restaurant is housed in what was London's first licenced casino, but you won't be taking a gamble when you check out their pancakes! Sorry, that was terrible. If you're looking for something a little more bespoke this Pancake Day, then Christopher's is a great shout. 'Why', we hear your brains chanting. Well, because Christopher's allows you to build your own pancakes. Not literally. Like, obviously they'll make the batter and cook it for you. No, instead you get to put whatever the hell you want on it. How about spicing up your buttermilk discs of delight with some avocado, lime peel and ketjap manis? Or add a little spice to your chocolate pancakes, craft them into a makeshift volcano, and top them off with a single cherry tomato? You'll lava it. Sorry again, we'll stop. Whatever and however you like your pancakes, you're bound to be satisfied at Christopher's. Book ahead, though. It's rather popular, and given the build-your-own offerings, it's bound to be packed full of evil monsters dunking their pancakes in marmite and mustard. With olives. And pineapple. Shudder. And those are the best pancakes in London, just in time for Pancake Day! Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know below. And while you're here, if you're making an early start to get ahead of the pancake -seeking competition before work, why not start with some great coffee to perk you up? Or, if you want to work off some of that sweet cakey goodness, why not take the day off and burn those calories to dust on a walking tour?

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London Neighbourhoods: Things to do in Notting Hill

You've seen the film, now it's time to live it with these things to do in Notting Hill While you might not spot Julia Roberts out and about in this neighbourhood, what you will find are a number of fun restaurants and unexpected adventure material. With places like one of London's best restaurants alongside buzzing weekend markets, you'll want to time your visit here for the summer when it comes alive with the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival. Read on for more. Late night tasting menu around the corner #theLedbury #NottingHill #Top50Restaurants A post shared by Edward B (@chaaaaad10) on Jun 2, 2017 at 3:32pm PDT What to eat The Ledbury The Ledbury is not just one of the best restaurants in Notting Hill, it is also one of the best eateries in the world, boasting two Michelin stars and a number of other accolades. With over a decade in the business, it remains high in demand with Australian chef Brett Graham serving up a bold and eclectic menu. There are also a selection of great cafe's in Notting Hill area that offer ideal breakfast and brunch options. What to do Notting Hill Carnival It's impossible to talk about Notting Hill without mentioning the massive Caribbean carnival that takes place there every year, which happens to be the biggest in Europe. Held over the last weekend in August, the neighbourhood is transformed into a vision of colour with a parade full of live music, performers and vibrant characters as well as street food stalls and impromptu dancing. Come prepared to party. Portobello Road Market On weekends, Notting Hill buzzes with the action going on at Portobello Road Market. You never quite know what you're going to get at this busy market, with stalls selling everything from thrift clothes, antiques, fresh produce and more. Popular with both locals and tourists alike, it's full of character with the sounds of sellers shouting their wares and people streaming back and forth. Love street markets? Check out our guide to the best Markets in London! QUEENS - Skate Dine Bowl This is the only place in London that has a functioning ice rink, bowling alley and retro games arcade. This super fun venue is perfect for birthday parties, dates or group hangouts and it's all pretty affordably priced. Once you've finished hitting the ice or smashing some pins, head to the games arcade for a touch of nostalgia (think Mario Kart, Street Fighter II and Tron!) then refuel at the world-famous MEATliquor, QUEENS' newest exclusive food partner! Museum of Brands and Advertising Take a step into Britain's past at the Museum of Brands and Advertising, where you'll be able to see posters, magazines and products from hundreds of different lifestyle companies. With an exhibit of over 12,000 items, head into the museum's Time Tunnel for a comprehensive timeline starting from the Victorian era onwards. Take some creative inspiration home with a souvenir from their little shop and recharge with a coffee at the museum cafe. Make sure to get your hands on a London Pass® to make the most out of exploring the city. You'll have access to dozens of top attractions and make great savings on admision with the pass than the normal ticket price.
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Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Facts You Need to Know

From Nina Simone to One Direction, the Royal Albert Hall has withstood the test of time. It's persisted as one of London's most exciting performance venues, right up there with the best. This concert hall is an iconic building, a true gem in London's cultural crown. Designated a Grade I Historic Building, there's no surprise that the Royal Albert Hall is brimming with interesting facts and history. That alone is a fact. But there are many more to discover. Here are our favourite Royal Albert Hall facts! When was the Royal Albert Hall built? The first year In the Royal Albert Hall's first year, it put on just 36 shows. While it may seem hard to believe now, the venue opened its doors to the public in 1871. However, the growth of its events calendar has been phenomenal. These days, it hosts roughly 400 events a year. That's over ten times the shows. Well done, Albert. Quite the jump. Where is the Royal Albert Hall? If you're new to London and wondering where the Royal Albert Hall is, you can find it in South Kensington, right next to Hyde Park. Perfect for a little greenery before or after your visit and close to plenty of iconic London museums, like the Design Museum and the V&A. How old is it? As one of London's oldest and most revered performance spaces, the Royal Albert Hall has been a key fixture of British entertainment. In 2021, it celebrated its 150th birthday. The celebrations involved a massive project called The Great Excavation. In a nutshell, a huge renovation project got underway. However, unlike the ever-rising London skyline, Albert will benefit from a gargantuan basement. What is the Royal Albert Hall's record-breaking feature? The gigantic glass dome that covers Royal Albert Hall spans over 20,000 square feet. It was designed by the team that conceived the glass roof of St Pancras station. However, the Royal Albert Hall was much more ambitious. The dome still stands as the largest unsupported glass dome in the world. They first built a test dome in Ardwick before constructing it in London. During WW1 and WW2, the Royal Albert Hall was used as a landmark for war pilots. Since Albert has such an eye-catching roof, enemy pilots used it to reorient themselves while bombing the capital. The roof was painted black during the war, but it remained standing, resilient as ever. The story behind the roof mosaic If you look up at the top of the Royal Albert Hall, a large white mosaic of scientists and artists lines the hall roof. Major-General Scott, its architect, originally intended for it to be a sculptural mosaic but had to settle for a flat version due to budget constraints. There's also a message written along the roof of the Royal Albert Hall You'll have to squint to see this one. At the top of the hall's mosaic is a narrow white band covered in text. It reads: This Hall was erected for the advancement of the Arts & Sciences and works of industry of all nations in fulfilment of the intention of Albert Prince Consort. The site was purchased with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of the year MDCCCLI. The first stone of the Hall was laid by Her Majesty Queen Victoria on the twentieth day of May MDCCCLXVII and it was opened by Her Majesty the twenty-ninth of March in the year MDCCCLXXI. Thine O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. The wise and their works are in the hand of God. Glory be to God on high and on Earth peace. How many seats are in the Royal Albert Hall? It might interest you to know that the Royal Albert Hall can seat over 5,200 people. So, if you're planning to catch a show or book a tour through The London Pass®, make sure to pick your favourite spot. Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps The grand staircase at the back of Royal Albert Hall originally had a very straightforward name. The South Steps. However, they were understandably subjected to brutal London weather and the wear and tear of thousands of feet. So, they were desperately in need of an upgrade and they finally got one in 2004. Then, in 2013, they were renamed 'the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps', and the late Queen attended the naming ceremony. The cost of preservation The striking Henry Willis organ at the Royal Albert Hall originally cost 8,000 pounds to construct. However, the restoration that took place between 2002-2004 to preserve its grandeur that took place between 2002-2004 cost over a million pounds. The 'mushrooms' solving the acoustic problem Ironically, due to the unusual domed ceiling, the Royal Albert Hall had bad acoustics. Back in the 1960s, 135 fibreglass acoustic diffusers were hung from the top to solve the issue. They're commonly referred to as 'mushrooms.' And that's our list of Royal Albert Hall facts. Hope you enjoyed them! Why not take a closer look and book a tour?  Experience everything London has to offer with The London Pass®  Planning your London trip? With The London Pass®, you can explore big-name landmarks, local hotspots and epic tours, all on one pass, all for one price. Not only that, but you'll enjoy savings of up to 50%, compared to buying individual attraction tickets.   ✈️ Buy The London Pass® ✈️   
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