Come this way and get the low down on the best pancakes in North, East, South, West and Central London for 2019.
Millennials are famed for their love of avocado on toast, and although we’d never slate this undeniably tasty dish, it does feel like a bit of a waste to go out for brunch and eat something you could whip up at home, doesn’t it?
Because, as far as we’re concerned anyway, brunching out is one of the finer things in life. It’s something to be celebrated and made as indulgent as possible. If we had it our way every Saturday morning would comprise of us, our best pals, and a beautiful brunch spot with a delicious menu (and preferably some bottomless bubbles).
One breakfast favourite that certainly ticks the delicious box has to be pancakes, in all their fluffy, buttery, mouth-watering glory.
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 really do have a Pokemon (gotta catch ‘em all) attitude to them. Which is good, considering how many different types there are to try in our fair city.
Over in West London, fancy hotel 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 Central London
VIVI, Centre Point
When it comes to delicious toppings, VIVI doesn’t discriminate. This traditional British restaurant serves up a plethora of sugary additions, including Chantilly cream, berry compote and caramelised banana, on either waffles or pancakes in both its breakfast and brunch menu.
Right now we’re most interested in the pancake variety, but if waffles are your thing head over here.
What kind of pancakes are we talking? As well as the above, get your fill of toasted pecans, dry cured bacon and maple syrup.
Where is it? VIVI, Centre Point, 11 Saint Giles Square, London WC2H 8AP
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.
What kind of pancakes are we talking? Both sweet or savoury: the former means a topping of sticky caramelised banana and a generous shot of maple syrup; the latter is all about a salty pairing of crispy bacon and fried egg.
Where is it? Avobar, 23 - 24 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8ND
Riding House Cafe, Fitzrovia
Half Cup, Bloomsbury
My Old Dutch, Holborn
Best pancakes in East London
The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
Clerkenwell Grind, Clerkenwell
Hash E8, Dalston
The Breakfast Club, Hoxton
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.
What kind of pancakes are we talking? Buttermilk pancakes with bacon, maple syrup and pecans.
Where is it? Ask For Janice, 50-52 Long Lane, East London, EC1A 9EJ
Café Miami, Clapton
Best pancakes in North London
German Gymnasium, Kings Cross
Granger & Co, Kings Cross
Greenberry, Primrose Hill
Green Room Cafe, Stoke Newington
Best pancakes in West London
Electric Diner, Notting Hill
Portobello Road’s coolest venue is going pancake mad for the 5 March, serving up four fluffy varieties from 8am to midnight - so there’s no excuse not to pay the diner a visit and get your fill.
What kind of pancakes are we talking? Buttermilk with berries and Chantilly cream, lemon ricotta with compote, matcha with white chocolate and coconut and caramelized bacon pancakes, fried eggs, crispy shallots.
Where is it? Electric Diner, 191 Portobello Road, West London, W11 2ED
No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, Chiswick
The Wolseley, St James's
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea
Best pancakes in South London
The Little Blue Door, Fulham
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.
What kind of pancakes are we talking? Two pancakes, banana, hazelnut-sunflower-cocoa-nib praline, basil marshmallow, with a choice of chocolate or sea salted caramel.
Where is it? Where The Pancakes Are, Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road, South London, SE1 0NQ
Escape The Daily Grind, Balham
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