Pancake Day is fast approaching; this year, it falls on Tuesday February 13th. If you’ll be in central London on Shrove Tuesday itself, the UK capital plays host to some unique Pancake Day traditions that are most definitely worth seeking out.
Watch a pancake race
From 10am on Shrove Tuesday in Westminster’s Victoria Tower Gardens, you can watch MPs, members of the House of Lords and political correspondents take part in a very different kind of contest to the votes they are used to: the annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race.
This year, contestants will include ITV correspondent Romilly Weeks, as well as Channel 4’s Michael Crick, while Alistair Stewart will start the race to find who is the fastest pancake tosser.
There’s also the Inter-Livery Pancake Race, which will be taking place in Guildhall Yard. Watch competitors from the Old Bailey, Guildhall and Mansion House don fancy dress and compete in this utterly bizarre but very fun contest.
Eating pancakes is the best way to celebrate Pancake Day, and some of the best in the capital can be found at the Breakfast Club in Soho, where more than 900,000 pancakes were eaten last year – that’s a lot of pancakes! Go for traditional cream, berries and syrup toppings, or go all out with pancakes topped with potatoes, eggs, sausages, bacon and maple syrup.
For scrumptious gluten-free pancakes, head to My Old Dutch, which has premises in Kensington, Holborn and Chelsea. If you’re after a vegan option, check out The Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green, where you can have yours served with peanut butter, banana, chocolate sauce or classic lemon and sugar.
Make your own
Of course, making your own pancakes is a lot of fun on Shrove Tuesday too. Don’t let the unreliability of the Tube or your train stop you from missing out on the Pancake Day teatime fun at home; think about travelling by coach to work instead.
And if you didn’t have time to stop off for ingredients, remember that Shrove Tuesday is all about using up what’s in your store cupboard before Lent begins, and you’ll probably have flour, eggs and milk tucked away somewhere.
Get creative and have fun with your toppings and your pancake shapes too. You could even have your own pancake tossing competition – see if you’re better than the folk who run the country who you watched earlier on.
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