The best places to eat pancakes in London, tried and tested by the Stylist team. Could this be the best Pancake Day ever? We think so.
We like to think of ourselves as professional brunchers. In fact, we take the art of brunching very seriously. This means that the location has to be just so (whether it be a botanical-themed restaurant or a haunt known for its effortless cool) and the menu needs to be on point, preferably with a bottomless option.
And when we imagine that perfect brunch menu, there’s one dish that absolutely must make an appearance: pancakes.
Whether stacked high and stodgy, American style, or mixed with buckwheat and topped with ricotta, we don’t discriminate when it comes to our love for the ‘cakes.
They could be savoury with a side of salmon or sugary sweet, drowning in butterscotch and banoffee – either way, we feel it’s our duty to try them all. Which is good, considering how many different types there are on offer in our fair city.
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Over in west London, The Wolseley knows how to serve up a mean stack, giving guests the chance to dine on the American favourite in a quintessentially English setting. While in east London, the surroundings are as relaxed as the dish itself, with cool, laid-back cafes being the order of the day.
If you consider yourself a real pancake connoisseur, you’ll be pleased to know there are two spots on this list that deal exclusively in batter, with one boasting over 40 types of pancake on its menu. Another even has a Yorkshire pudding-pancake hybrid ready for you to try out.
We’ve spoken to friends, hunted high and low, and gobbled our way around London to find the best restaurants for pancakes in the capital, which we hope you have a lot of fun trying out for yourselves.
So here it is, Stylist’s guide to the best places for pancakes in London, whether you are based in the north, east, south, west or central London - enjoy!
Best pancakes in south London
Albie Restaurant, Southwark
The Hoxton’s latest London opening is not only a dream to stay at, but restaurant heaven, too.
Home to both Seabird (a rooftop seafood restaurant) and Albie (a cool-as-you-like brunch spot), it’s a great place to hit up at any time of day, but Albie is especially known for its pancakes. Covered in maple syrup, sprinkled with berries and dolloped with crème fraîche, they’ve got to be tried.
Where: Albie, The Hoxton Southwark, 40 Blackfriars Road, South Bank, London SE1 8NY
The Little Blue Door, Fulham
This unique restaurant and bar, put together by a group of friends, promises a royally good time for all those who step through the door.
As well as a hearty brunch menu, The Little Blue Door serves up some delicious pancakes, best washed down with some bottomless prosecco.
Where is it? The Little Blue Door, 871-873, Fulham Road, Fulham, London SW6 5HP
Where The Pancakes Are, London Bridge
Think you know pancakes? Head to Where The Pancakes Are and give this menu a good going over. All the pancakes and none of the gimmicks – just cute decor and some bloody delicious concoctions.
With vegan, dairy-free and wheat-free options everyone can get involved, no matter if you’re feeling in the mood for sweet or savoury. One must, though, is a ‘dutch baby’ which resembles a giant Yorkshire pudding, filled with mouth-watering delights.
Where is it? Where The Pancakes Are, Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road, South London, SE1 0NQ
Escape The Daily Grind, Balham
With a pastel green facade and an impressive selection of sweet treats inside, Escape The Daily Grind is a great brunch suggestion to have up your sleeve.
As well as pastries and cakes the cafe has two types of pancakes, sweet and savoury, so whatever your carb-filled dreams consist of, these guys are more than qualified to fulfill your cravings.
Where is it? Escape The Daily Grind, 8 Bedford Hill, Balham, South London, SW12 9RG
As Balans says, if you’re going to do brunch, it’s imperative you do it properly – and when the brunch looks this good we reckon pancakes should act as a sugary chaser to trying everything else on the menu too.
Where is it? Balans Soho Society, 16A Clapham Common South Side, South London, SW4 7AB
Best pancakes in central London
Avobar, Covent Garden
Feel like something a little different to the usual lemon and sugar pancakes? Well how about some suitably green matcha pancakes at Avobar, the avocado-obsessed restaurant on Henrietta Street.
These fluffy American-style pancakes have been given a vibrant health kick with a shot of green matcha and are served with a knob of melting avo-butter.
Where is it? Avobar, 23-24 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8ND
Riding House Cafe, Fitzrovia
Escape the hecticness of Oxford Circus and slink just a few moments away to Riding House Cafe, a perfect day to night destination. Swish design with industrial touches and a delicious menu make it a laid-back but suitably stylish place to be.
Where is it? Riding House Cafe, 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7PQ
Half Cup, Bloomsbury
There’s a reason you’ll find this place all over the most recommended list of food bloggers in the know and that every weekend there’s a queue half way down the street to get in. The grub at Half Cup is good – real good.
Get stuck in to the huge range of specialty coffees and marvel at the sprinkling of edible flowers they cover most of their dishes in. Plus, the pancakes are pretty special: made with butternut squash and feta, layered with Serrano ham, a soft fried egg and maple syrup.
Where is it? Half Cup, 100-102 Judd Street, London, WC1H 9NT
My Old Dutch, Holborn
My Old Dutch, established in 1958, is like pancake Mecca. In the mood for savoury? From seafood to Italian-style, they’ve got it all. Fancy something super sweet? Try the butterscotch, chocolate chip or maple syrup-doused version for a sugar rush like never before.
With over 40 types of pancakes on the menu, this place comes top of the stack for variety and imagination.
Where is it? My Old Dutch, 131-132 High Holborn, Holborn, Lonodn, WC1V 6PS
Best pancakes in east London
The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
The Modern Pantry has that wonderful knack for reinventing your favourite brunch-time dishes but with more interesting, more vibrant ingredients.
The weekend brunch menu boasts a plethora of lip-smacking choices from sweetcorn, feta and spring onion waffles with maple syrup, to chilli, ginger and tamari braised Portobello mushrooms – although our favourite is, of course, the raspberry and ricotta pancakes.
Where is it? The Modern Pantry, 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, East London, EC1V 4JJ
Clerkenwell Grind, Clerkenwell
We can say with authority that Grind (with locations all over London) knows how to whip up a mean stack of pancakes.
Fluffy, light and buttery – these bad boys are sure to start your Saturday off right. Combine this with an ultra cool setting, picture-worthy pink neon signage and great brunch cocktails, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Where is it? Clerkenwell Grind, 2-4 Old Street, East London, EC1V 9AA
The Breakfast Club, Hoxton
The Breakfast Club is somewhat of an institution in London, acting as a go-to for all wiley brunch goers. Although the chain now has many a branch, our favourite is Hoxton, which still has queues down the street every weekend.
An eccentric mish-mash of decor makes it a fun place to spend the first part of your day, enhanced by the lovely staff.
Where is it? The Breakfast Club, 2-4 Rufus Street, Hoxton, East London N1 6PE
Ask For Janice, BarbicanWith a relaxed vibe and friendly atmosphere, this place makes for the perfect weekend hangout. The restaurant prides itself on creating a menu with an emphasis on local, fresh produce, foraged greens and a hearty selection of cocktails, gin, craft beers and unfiltered wine.
Where is it? Ask For Janice, 50-52 Long Lane, East London, EC1A 9EJ
Best pancakes in north London
German Gymnasium, Kings Cross
We’re big fans of this millennial pink hot spot, named as such because of the fascinating history behind its construction. It was built in 1865 for the German Gymnastics Society to host the indoor events at London’s first Olympic Games in 1866, and its original features have been carefully complimented by the modern decor, not covered by them.
Much of the menu has been given a German twist inline with the building’s heritage, so you’ll find brunch favourites of currywurst and schnitzel alongside the pancakes.
Where is it? German Gymnasium, King’s Blvd, King’s Cross, North London N1C 4BU
Granger & Co, King's Cross
Granger & Co’s Aussie influence rings through in all of their healthy, experimental dishes which swap typical ingredients for flavourful alternatives.
Not only does their Kings Cross branch play into the moment’s decor trends with pink tiling and copper bar seats, but the menu is riding high on the clean eating movement - although there are sweet snacks too.
Where is it? Granger & Co, 1, Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, North London N1C 4AG
Greenberry, Primrose Hill
Any excuse to wander the beautiful streets of Primrose Hill and we’re there. And what better excuse is there than tasty, buttery, fluffy pancakes?
Greenberry Cafe is a long-time staple of idyllic Regent’s Park Road, serving up a delicious brunch menu with a mix of smoothies, eggs, waffles and pancakes, of course.
Where is it? Greenberry Cafe, 101 Regent’s Park Road, North London, NW1 8UR
Green Room Cafe, Stoke Newington
As picturesque pancake-eating spots go, the Green Room Cafe could just pip all the others to the post. Positioned on the adorable Church Street, this place is part eatery and part florist, which means ample botanical picture opportunities.
Sit outside the back in sunny weather or cosy up by the blooms indoors.
Where is it? Green Room Cafe, 113 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, North London, N16 0UD
Best pancakes in west London
Electric Diner, Notting Hill
Portobello Road’s coolest venue serves up delicious fluffy pancakes all year in a retro setting. Think whipped butter with maple syrup that melts in your mouth.
Where is it? Electric Diner, 191 Portobello Road, West London, W11 2ED
No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, Chiswick
Although you can’t see it from this snap, No 197’s decor is touted as some of the dreamiest in London, so if you’re doing it for the ‘gram we recommend paying this cactus-filled haunt a visit.
Even if you don’t live close by, these banana and ricotta pancakes with coconut yogurt, maple syrup and warm berry compote are well worth the trip.
Where is it? No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, 197-199 Chiswick High Road, West London, W4 2DR
The Wolseley, St James's
If cute cafes aren’t for you, take your breakfast to an iconic level and head to grand restaurant, The Wolseley. Among the dramatic pillars and monochrome flooring, the attentive staff serve up some delicious-looking pancakes as part of the breakfast menu, every morning until 11.30am.
Where is it? The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, St. James’s, West London W1J 9EB
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea
Not only is this a simply gorgeous place to be, with plush interiors and a greenhouse theme, but The Ivy know what’s up when it comes to making really, really good food.
Definitely the venue for a birthday or special occasion (yes, it being the weekend counts), surround yourself with the crème de la crème of Chelsea and make sure you get a picture with the seasonally changing facade.
Where is it? The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 195 -197 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ
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Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.