Shrove Tueday, or Pancake Day, is on 4 March. As some events are ticketed and get booked up, it’s already time to start thinking of where you’ll toss your batter. Read on for events and freebies. Note, we’ll be rounding up good pancake restaurants in a separate feature.
Dirty Dicks in Bishopsgate will give away free pancakes (only one per person, mind) between 12pm and 2pm….
….or if Belgravia is closer to your stomping ground, Lowndes Bar & Kitchen is offering a complimentary crepe between 8.30am and 10am, and will have a full crepe menu available for the duration of the day.
The Water Poet in Spitalfields has a special Pancake Day menu, infused with booze. Whether you’ve a sweet tooth or you’re a savoury muncher, there’s something to keep you tipsy for the day.
The annual Breakfast Club Pancake Challenge takes place at all the chain’s cafes across London. If you can eat 12 pancakes in less than 15 minutes, it’s on the house, but if you fail, you pay full price (which goes to charity). All day, just turn up. There will also be pancake races at the Hoxton, Spitalfields and Battersea branches — prebook to take part, 7.30pm.
John Lewis in Oxford Street hosts a Tefal pop-up restaurant, giving customers a chance to dine on savoury gourmet pancakes in the window of one of the largest shops, on one of the busiest streets, on Earth. We suggest you avoid messy fillings. Prebook, 3 and 4 March
Start training now for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, which is held in aid of London’s Air Ambulance. All you need is a team of four people and a frying pan — the organisers provide the pancakes. There will be prizes for the runners up, best-dressed team and best-behaved team, as well as some Cath Kidston baking goodies for the winning team. Free, prebook, 12.30pm
The 2014 Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race takes place in Victoria Tower Gardens, with members of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and political correspondents racing around the course. This year’s participants include reporter Tom Bradby and MP for Ealing North Stephen Pound. Insert your own joke on the politicians/tossers theme. The race doubles up as a good cause, raising awareness for the work that Rehab does in promoting equal opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people in the UK. Free, just turn up, 10am
Greenwich Market also hosts a pancake race in aid of Macmillan, starting at 1pm, with children’s races at 4pm. Pancake stalls aplenty will also be available, if you’re more of a spectator.
The Better Bankside Annual Charity Pancake Day Race allows up to 25 teams from local businesses to go head to head in Borough Market. Suggested donation of £20 per team, which goes to local charity Paintings In Hospital, prebook, noon
Head to Phipp Street to take part in Lyle’s Golden Syrup pancake festival, featuring food stalls giving out complimentary pancakes with a variety of toppings. Free, just turn up, 11am-3pm
Pancake Day meets Mardi Gras at Shutterbug’s Pancake Day Carnival Party, with carnival dancers, cocktails and live music. Party from 6.30pm, crepes served all day.
Did we miss any events or offers? Let us know below and we’ll add it to the listings.
See also: Our guide to the best pancake restaurants and cafes in London.