With Shrove Tuesday here, now is the perfect time to gorge on pancakes. Luckily, London is bursting with tempting pancake restaurants. We’ve rounded-up a few that are within walking distance of the Strand Palace Hotel.
Based in Holborn, this family-friendly pancake restaurant boasts a bevvy of sweet and savoury options, with classics like sugar and lemon, competing with crepes stuffed with Moroccan lamb stew, garden peas and carrots. Chocoholics should plump for the Chocolate Sprinkles pancake, served with chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkles.
Expect to queue around the corner for this hip Soho cafe, which pulls in the crowds throughout the day for its famous brunches. Named after the popular 80s movie starring Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez, the venue’s exposed brick walls are covered in fairy lights, polaroid photos from staff night’s out, notes scrawled on napkins and record sleeves for 80s film soundtracks, including St Elmo’s Fire and Back To The Future. Loosen your belt for the pancakes, which vary from the gluttonous All American (pancakes, eggs, sausage, fried potatoes, bacon and maple syrup) to the brilliantly-named Ham So Eggsited (pancakes with ham hock, egg, cheese and maple syrup).
With six branches across London, this fast food crêpe chain offers great value sweet and savoury pancakes, flavoured with everything from Grand Marnier to caramelised Belgian biscuits. Wash it all down with a smoothie or frappé, or something stronger, such as beer, wine or Prosecco.
Feast on buttermilk pancakes with berries, vanilla clotted cream and maple syrup at this New York-style all-day brasserie in Fitzrovia. Just off Oxford Street, the central location of this buzzing restaurant makes it an ideal pitstop for shoppers in need of some respite and a decent feed. Treat yourself to a bicycle-themed smoothie, such as the Racer (chocolate, espresso, banana, milk) or the Boris Bike (blueberries, banana, almond milk, apple juice).
This see-and-be-seen Soho brasserie is adding pancakes to its menu on Shrove Tuesday, with tempting offerings including banana and rum, and Crepes Suzette. Kick-start your day by enjoying your pancakes with a Bloody Mary, Bucks Fizz or Prosecco, all of which are on the brunch menu.
Don’t fancy pancakes? Why not try our newly opened Sacred Cafe at Strand Palace Hotel, serving authentic and unique tea and coffee from all over the world.