There is a ‘day’ these days for everything, but one that’s stood the test of time is PANCAKE DAY! The last day of feasting before Lent 2019 starts is reserved for pancakes. Otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, is the day for pancake races and fabulous pancake specials and when you are London there are a few great places to be.
The 47th day before Easter Sunday, preceding Ash Wednesday, Pancake Day symbolizes the last day of feasting before Lent. A day to use up all the rich ingredients that are usually sacrificed during fasting, like eggs, butter, and milk. It is also for confession and repentance, but for the most part it is a tradition of marvelous pancake races, flipping, experimental recipes and yummy tastings.
A pancake race consists of people racing while carrying thin pancakes in frying pans, flipping the pancakes as they go. The winner is the first to the finish line with a pancake that isn’t burnt. A humorous activity to watch and take part in - some people get so excited about participating in the races they take off from work J
This year it falls on March 5th and while you are in London there are several ways to celebrate and indulge, here are a few to start you off.
Raise money for charity in a fun, feel good celebration and pancake silliness
A funny one to enjoy is the famous Leadenhall Market pancake race that takes place in the historic restored Victorian covered market. You get to watch competitors from law, banking and accountancy firms they say race around flipping their pancakes. Spectators watch, laugh, and enjoy pancakes themselves as well as beer and ale from the co-host the Lamb Tavern.
Date and Time:
Tues, March 5th
off Gracechurch Street,
London EC3V 1LR
Get yourself to Guildhall Yard for the City Livery Company of Poulters inter-livery pancake race. Teams of four from livery companies, like Poulters take the eggs and the Fruiterers the lemons, as well as the Mansion House, Guildhall and old Bailey are brought together in lively attire to race it out to win a frying pan.
Money raised from the event is donated to the Lord Mayor’s Charity.
Tue, 5 March 2019
You can also head to several amazing places for pancakes unlike any other:
Head to Covent Garden to celebrate a Big Pancake Party in an exclusive pop-up pancake bar put together by Together Network, where funds are raised to help poverty in Britain. Ticket includes unlimited pancakes and a class of prosecco.
Date and Time:
6:00 – 10:00PM
1 Neal's Yard
An All-Day four pancake specials available at Christopher’s, Covent Garden exclusively on Pancake Day. Serious and decadent or luxurious and sophisticated, sweet or savory pancakes are worth the day of pancake celebration.
From white chocolate, oreo and vanilla mascarpone to butter Poached Lobster Pancake, with chorizo picante, caviar, yukon gold potato & truffle, along with its usual build your own pancake option makes this gorgeous option to try.
18 Wellington Street
We like our special days just as much as you do! Whatever you decide to do on Shrove Tuesday, just make sure to enjoy some pancakes whether fancy, home-cooked, or eccentric – we know all of us here at Edward Hotel will. Whether we offer it or not we keep our guests up to date with all things to do in London.
For your stay in Paddington, London, for an efficient location and accessibility all around the City of London, the Edward Hotel is the perfect choice.