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Who else is flippin' excited to indulge in pancakes on Tuesday 28 February? We certainly are.

If you didn't know already, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it is affectionately named, marks the day before Lent. This 40-day period is traditionally a time of Christian fasting. Eating these tasty battered creations is an easy way to use up ingredients like eggs, milk and butter. It's also the perfect excuse to indulge in a delicious treat.

If you're in London in February, here are some of the best places to go for your annual fill of stodgy goodness.

 

Chez Lindsay

For an authentic taste of French cuisine, head to Chez Lindsay. Located in the heart of Richmond, this independent restaurant offers a wide selection of buckwheat-based pancakes, with mouthwatering savoury fillings such as creamy leeks and scallops, as well as cheesy ratatouille.

Alternatively, tuck into one of their wonderfully sweet crepes. Our top choices are Miel Amandes with honey sauce and almond, and Normande with apples and caramel.

 

My Old Dutch

Self-dubbed the original London pancake house', it'd be rude not to consider My Old Dutch when looking for a place to grab a bite on Shrove Tuesday.

Situated in Holborn, Kensington and Chelsea, the small chain serves a selection of sweet and savoury battered delights, as well as a variety of lighter dishes. If you can't wait until the end of February, celebrate World Nutella Day with them on the 5th.

 

La Petite Bretagne

Do gluten free, French-inspired pancakes sound good to you? If so, give La Petite Bretagne a try.

With branches in Clapham and Hammersmith, they serve scrumptious crepes infused with the flavours of Brittany, as well as other regional specialities from their Breton delicatessen.

 

Jackson and Rye

If you fancy something a bit heartier, Jackson and Rye is the place for you. Offering home cooked American-style food, this diner is renowned for its fluffy buttermilk pancakes that come with a choice of fresh fruit, bacon and maple syrup.

You can find Jackson and Rye in a range of stylish places, including Soho, Chiswick and Richmond.

 

Where The Pancakes Are

Priding themselves on serving simple, honest food, this not-so-stereotypical pancake house offers its customers the chance to consume nourishing food alongside beautiful craft ciders and refreshing Prosecco. 

Each dish is jam-packed full of fresh ingredients that deliver carbs, vitamins, protein, probiotics and Omega 3. So, whether you want a little treat or a filling meal, this is Where The Pancakes Are.

 

 

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

If you're watching your calorie intake, this hilarious charity pancake run might be more up your street. The silly fundraiser for the London Air Ambulance involves teams of four running against each other whilst flipping their pancakes.

You can enter in advance by emailing info@alternativearts.co.uk, or on the day by bringing a donation. Afterwards, reward yourself with a hot tasty bite.

 

 

Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race

Alternatively, head down to Victoria Tower Gardens to watch a bunch of politicians toss pancakes.

Yes, you heard right. During the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race, members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, as well as political correspondents and respected member of the press, compete in a pancake flipping race for charity. If this isn't enough to get you down, what is?

 

What will you be doing this Pancake Day? Are you giving anything up for Lent? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

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