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Let's face it. We are living in uncertain times. What luck, then, that the annual feast of joy known as pancake day is almost upon us: a day long excuse to slather huge platefuls of fried batter in maple syrup and multiple toppings.

Here's our roundup of some of the best places to go if you don't want to flip your own.

 

Best for big appetites

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD

Aqua Shar will have the the blueberry ‘mille feuille’ pancake cake (£9). That's served with blueberry ripple ice cream, maple syrup jelly and to top it off a crisp rasher of syrup glazed pancetta. And on top of that they have a pancake cocktail! That's dark rum, maple syrup, chocolate vermouth and to garnish a caramel basket and mini pancake (£16). So that's a LOT of pancake. 

When: on Pancake Day (28 Feb)

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Christopher's

Christopher's

18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD

It's go big or go home at Christopher's in Covent Garden. You can splash out on a blue corn cake with grilled lobster and avocado for £22, or the truly massive Nutella stack complete with honeycomb ice cream and chocolate sauce for £30 which, they say, feeds "up to four". You'll be fighting your three friends off with spoons. They've also got their 'build your own' pancake menu on offer throughout the day, which lets you choose your own toppings.

When: on Pancake Day (28 Feb)

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Lancaster London

Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

Lancaster London's Island Grill will be offering a three-course pancake inspired menu on the day too, including their 'twist on fish and chips',using a pancake batter - plus a 'sweet pancake tasting plate' for pud. £18.50 for three courses.

When: on Pancake Day (28 Feb)

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Boondocks

Boondocks

Hoxton's Boondocks London has a tempting offer - an all you can eat pancake feast from 9am-7pm. For just £12.50 you can choose from a selection of toppings, including their signature roasted strawberry and banana caramel nut: plus a cocktail or mocktail of your choice.

When: on Pancake Day (28 Feb)

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Polo Bar

176 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NQ

If you're into competitive eating - try Polo Bar's contest which lets anyone who can scoff 10 pancakes in 10 minutes or less get them for free, plus a bottle of Prosecco. Fail to hit the time limit, and you've got to pay. Pancake combinations include the New Yorker - cheesecake cream, strawberries, digestive crumble and fruit coulis - which takes longer than 10 mins to say, let alone eat. If you're tough enough.

When: It's available day and night, from 21 - 28 Feb.

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The all-American feast

Outsider Tart pancake

Outsider Tart 

83 Chiswick High Road London W4 2EF

There is nowhere more inventive than Chiswick's Outsider Tart, where the two Davids have yet again drawn up a menu full of extravagant combinations that only the Americans could dream up. Banish all thoughts of Donald Trump with a stack of gingerbread pancakes "sorghum and spice makes Fat Tuesday nice" - or some Red Velvet ones "Yes, we put the cake in the pan."

For savoury - get the corn cakes stuffed full of ham and cheese: order the large stack at your peril. It's available from 8am-9pm from £10 for a short stack to £14.50 for the full monty.

When: The menu's available on pancake day, and they do three types of pancakes all year round too. 

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Foxlow

Clerkenwell, Chiswick and Balham

Or get down to Foxlow where they've reinstated their famous Elvis combo in pancake form - peanut butter, banana and bacon... or a cornmeal egg and mushroom version if you're feeling a bit less reckless. Available with unlimited tea or coffee from 8am till 5 at Chiswick and Balham, till noon in Clerkenwell for £8, and even better - proceeds go to the Magic Breakfast charity helping disadvantaged children begin the day with something proper to eat at school.

When: On Pancake Day (28 Feb) 8am to 5pm at Chiswick and Balham and until 12pm at Clerkenwell.

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Going Savoury

Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA

Head over to Chiltern Firehouse for breakfast where they're putting one of their cookbook favourites on the menu. It's Nuno Mendes’ take on smoked salmon and poached eggs adding light cornbread pancakes. And if that;s not enough to get you down there - they're imbued with maple syrup, tarragon and truffle paste. So they sound a must-have to us. 

When: on Pancake Day (28 Feb)

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Hix

Hix restaurants

Soho and Farringdon

Mark Hix has put on some specials for pancake month. At Hix Soho, there's the above field mushroom galette with Berkswell cheese, with savoury buckwheat batter spread thinly creating a crisp pancake, topped with thin slices of seasonal mushrooms. And at Hix Farringdon, there's devilled kidney on a boxty bread (mashed potato) pancake while Hixter Bankside and Tramshed have in the form of Scotch pancakes with blood orange and crème fraiche.

When: all of February

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Best for exotic flavours

bookclub

The Book Club

100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH

The Book Club in Shoreditch has dreamt up some truly exotic offerings: imagine tucking into a 'mac and cheese pancake sandwich' - not one for the cholesterol-dodgers... or a dessert extravaganza stuffed with peanut butter and chocolate sauce. Oof.

When: on Pancake Day (28 Feb)

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Canalside pancakes

Gotto and Shanes

Canalside, Here East, East London

Head out to Here East in Hackney to Gotto, which will be offering a quinoa pancake filled with deep fried quail, pomegranate, maple syrup and horseradish. And still in Canalside, Shane's has some quirky ideas too: we like the sound of the rosemary pancake with butternut squash, goats cheese and sage butter for just £7.

When: on Pancake Day (28 Feb)

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Not just a load of crepe

kova

Kova Patisserie

Unit 5 12, 9 St Anne's Ct, Soho, London W1F 0BB

Mile high mille cakes are on offer at Kova patisserie in four tempting flavours - thin crepes layered with custard in either matcha, vanilla, chocolate or fresh fruit. You can get a whole one for £42 - which can be ordered in advance - or slices to eat in or take away from £5.50.

When: All year round

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Pancakes with a side of booze

Balans

Balans Soho Society

Various locations

Balans has decided to go a little boozy with its pancakes this year. They've the black cherry pancakes with fresh Cream and a kirsch and black cherry sauce, a Crêpe Suzette with an orange and Grand Marnier sauce or the "Slap On The Rum" with with roasted pineapple, ginger and a shameless rum syrup. So yes, no shortage of the strong stuff in those. 

When: on Pancake Day (28 Feb)

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Noak

Noak

209-211 Mantle Rd, London SE4 2EW

Local favourite cafe Noak in Brockley is already famed for its pancakes - finished in the wood-fired oven to give them a crunchy, caramelised surface, before being topped with lemon cream cheese, and seasonal fruit compote. This month you can get a special salted maple cocktail alongside - made with lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, and 2 drops of Angostura bitters to top; a perfect pairing, they say, for that pancake brunch.

When: on Pancake Day (28 Feb)

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rawpancake 

Rawduck in Hackney has combined sweet and savoury in their pumpkin pancake served with ricotta fresca, ham and honey - on no until 28 Feb. 

Blanchette will have a Bayonne ham, cheese and egg pancake on the menu as well as lamb, comte cheese and baby spinach at Blanchette Soho or Roquefort cheese and leek at Blanchette Brick Lane plus some Blanchette inspired dessert crepes. 

The Ivy Market Grill are bringing back buttermilk pancakes to the menu by popular demand. They come with Greek yoghurt, fresh berries and warm strawberry sauce, available at The Ivy Market Grill from 8am to 11.30am.

R Chocolate in Belgravia has some lovely crepes on offer until the end of the week - try Bramley Apple Pancakes with Cinnamon & Caramel or maybe Cornish Sea Salt Caramel.

The Breakfast Club has a range of pancake specials on now until till 28 Feb including a savoury Bourbon Pulled-Pork Cubanos with cheese, kale & pickled slaw. 

Granger and Co will have their Ricotta Hotcakes - a trio of pancakes are whipped with ricotta, topped with honeycomb butter, served with slices of banana and finished with a drizzle of maple syrup (and with grilled bacon if that's just not enough) for £12.50

Head to Where the pancakes are... at Flat Iron Square for pancake races at 8am on 28 Feb, 12.30pm and 6pm. Bring your own frying pan! 

It's Jar Kitchen's 2nd birthday on Pancake day and they're celebrating by giving away free pancakes (including vegan pancakes) to everyone eating a main meal.  

Boisdale's pancake menu runs from 27 Feb to 3 March and features a brunch option - crushed avocado with lemon, chilli.

And, if you're feeling particularly peckish, Smith & Wollensky is putting on an all-you-can-eat offer (actually capped at 15) for their blueberry stacks with maple syrup for £14 (on 28 Feb)

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