Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day! My family doesn’t need an excuse to eat pancakes and we can be found frying-pan-in-hand on many a Sunday morning (yesterday included). Whether you’re eating in or dining out, we’ve got you covered. See below for the best places in London to eat pancakes, crepes and waffles, as well as some deliciously different recipes to try at home.
Located on the first floor of Carnaby Street’s gorgeous Kingly Court, Stax serves up all-American delights including Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Pancakes and Chicken & Waffles. Tip: the portions are generous so make sure you arrive hungry!
The Breakfast Club has earned itself a cult following thanks to its hearty sweet or savoury – or sweet and savoury – options such as Pancakes with Bacon and Maple Syrup. Aside from pancakes, the menu features more virtuous options in the form of fresh juices and smoothies. You might have to queue for a table, but it’s worth it.
Hampstead’s Creperie is a truly classic spot. Although it might look like an unassuming stall, the Creperie has been serving delicious choose-your-own-filling crepes since 1980. If you find yourself in NW3, give it a try!
This popular chain might not be the coolest or hippest place to consume your pancakes, but My Old Dutch offers plenty of Gluten Free options for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to indulge. You can find branches in Holborn, Chelsea and Kensington.
If you like your waffles with a side dish of glamour, then head up to the 40th floor of Heron Tower, where you can have your waffles with a seriously impressive view.
One-Cup Pancakes by Jamie Oliver
This is a super simple, foolproof pancake recipe. In all likelihood, you already have the ingredients on hand and it doesn’t any require any special skills or kit.
Apple Dutch Baby from Bon Appetit Magazine
A Dutch Baby is a type of puffed pancake which, although practically unheard of in the UK, is popular on American food blogs. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious.
Vegan Pancakes with Peanut Butter & Banana by Oh She Glows
This recipe does call for a few specialist ingredients, but it sounds absolutely fantastic! If you’re looking for something simpler, Oh She Glows features a long list of vegan and gluten free pancake recipes so take your pick!
Fluffy American Pancakes from BBC Good Food
Some people like their pancakes to be fluffy, puffy and super thick. All the better to absorb a good glug of maple syrup! On the other hand…
Simple Crepes by Martha Stewart
…some people prefer a lovely thin crepe, sprinkled with sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. For the latter, this recipe includes an instructional video to help you achieve perfect results.