London's best pancake shops and restaurants

Don't forget the Jiff lemon...

Rejoice! That deliciously thrifty once-a-year treat no longer has to be confined to Shrove Tuesday... with a raft of great pancake emporiums in London, everyday can be Pancake Day!

Whether you love the fluffy goodness of American drop scones or the smug imperiousness of the French crêpe, we think it's what you serve with them that really gets hearts racing... classic lemon and sugar or contemporary bacon and maple syrup... or even seafood and coconut milk (!) there's something for everyone at London's best pancake shops.

My Old Dutch
16 Kensington Church Street W8 4EZ
Region: Kensington
Nearest Station: High Street Kensington (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This mini-chain of family-favourite restaurants is almost 60 years old. Thin, bubbly fried batter is layered with heaps of seafood, charcuterie, and roasted vegetables. Don’t miss out on the glutonous sweet options, which come covered in things like whipped cream, banana and chocolate sauce. They also do a fine sideline in Dutch treats like fried cheese parcels and mini doughnuts with maple syrup.

1 Rivington Place EC2A 3BA
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The only venue in London that doubles as both a club and a creperie. As well as hosting a discerning programme of disco, soul and house nights, they serve up tasty buckwheat pancakes to be washed down with cocktails. Choose options like seared chorizo with vintage Cheddar and avocado, or sauteed mushroom with cheese and black truffle.

  • USERS 9/10
The Delaunay
55 Aldwych WC2B 4BA
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Holborn (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The capital's second favourite central European restaurant (the first being big sister The Wolseley, naturally) does gourmet pancakes too. Indulge with layers of blueberries, creme fraiche and bacon.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
Jackson & Rye
56 Wardour Street W1D 4JD
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: It's all about comfort food at this American-inspired diner that is now in Soho and Chiswick. End a meal of shrimp and grits with sweet buttermilk pancakes, especially the ones with crushed banana and oodles of maple syrup cream.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 8/10
La Petite Bretagne
7 Beadon Road Hammersmith W6 0EA
Region: Hammersmith
Nearest Station: Hammersmith (District) (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This Hammersmith eatery is perfect for Francophiles, with specialities like the tartiflette crepe made with Reblochon cheese, potato and cream. Among the sweets there's the classic crepe suzette, served with a shot of Grand Marnier liquor. The menu list is as long as your arm, but they're happy to tailor to your wants, plus you can get them to go.

The Breakfast Club
2-4 Rufus Street N1 6PE

Nearest Station: Old Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: At popular chainlet The Breakfast Club they're fans of supersizing. Take for instance the All American, which comes with eggs, sausage, fried potatoes, streaky bacon and maple syrup, a bit like a Transatlantic full English on a pancake.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 7/10
18 Wellington Street WC2E 7DD
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This American restaurant and martini bar sticks to crowd-pleasing buttermilk pancakes for weekend brunch, however for Pancake Day customers are given a list of ingredients to build their own. We'll take the blueberry-buttermilk base with coconut yoghurt/nutella/salted caramel ice cream/chocolate sauce and everything else please.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 10/10
Creperie Du Monde
51 Chatsworth Road E5 0LH
Region: Lower Clapton
Nearest Station: Homerton (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: As the name suggests, this creperie on hip Chatsworth Road goes all over the world with their ingredients. Try the Flavours of Mexico with chicken and guacamole, and the all day brekkie pancake with scrambled eggs, bacon, beans and melted Cheddar.

Chez Lindsay
11 Hill Rise TW10
Region: Richmond
Nearest Station: St Margarets (0.8 miles)

AIL Says: This cosy Richmond restaurant specialises in galettes, the Breton equivalent of pancakes. They're made with buckwheat and cooked on a griddle pan, and among the most innovative are the ratatouille galletes and the Andouille, served with sausage and offal.

49 Frith Street W1D 4SG
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: For a slightly different take on the humble pancake, head over to Hoppers, from the same people as Michelin-starred Trishna and Gymkhana. Made with rice and coconut milk, they're a bit like dosas, and come with veg, meat or seafood.

  • 17/100

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