Pancake Day Events

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 106 months ago
Pancake Day Events

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It's pancake day on Tuesday! Drool... So we thought we'd give you a heads up on the lovely events that are happening on the day - and before...

London Farmers' Markets are holding Pancakealympics heats in Blackheath and Islington on Sunday, before the final on Islington Green on Tuesday. There's an entry charge of 50p that will go to charity.
  • Get down to Victoria Gardens by 10.15am to watch MPs, Lords and journalists battle it out (and raise funds for brain injury charity Rehab UK) in the Parliamentary Pancake Race, the first of Tuesday's races. This is likely to be the most competitive, but it'll be closely followed by...
  • ... the Worshipful Company of Poulters Pancake Race outside the Guildhall at 12pm. Teams are from London's livery companies and with any luck you'll get to see some interesting 'props' from each guild.
  • Head to Cathedral Square, off Montague Close, for the Better Bankside Charity Pancake Day Race at 12pm. Local businesses will face off in support of Paintings in Hospitals.
  • The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race returns at 12.30pm on Dray Walk, by the Old Truman Brewery. Bring a team of four and your own frying pan and prepare to race - and be entertained by E Team clowns and the Lost Marbles String Band. It's organised by Alternative Arts in aid of London Air Ambulance.
  • The All Hallows by the Tower Great Pancake Race kicks off at 1pm. There may be no more impressive setting! Proceeds are going to Help the Hospices.
  • If you feel like eating, rather than racing, pancakes, there's plenty for you as well. You can buy the delicious batter treats at many races or you can go to the Water Poet after the Spitalfields race and chow down on a number of fillings. If you want more delicate crêpes, Covent Garden's Crème de la Crêpe is hosting Crêperama from 6pm, searching for the best crêpe creator in London. The winner gets free crêpes for a year, which isn't to be sniffed at.

    And finally, if you want pancakes for free then you'd best get to Ed's Diner on Rupert Street between 8am-1pm, where the Kindess Offensive are handing out pancakes and tea and coffee gratis. They're also giving pancakes to Great Ormond Street and other charities across London. How great is that?

    Last Updated 21 February 2009