Pancake Day Races in London

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Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race

Lord Redesdale, House of Lords team, 2014 Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race

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Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race
Flipping Marvellous Pancake Race
Flipping Marvellous Pancake Race
Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race
Leadenhall Market Pancake Race
The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race
The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race
 

 

There's more to just eating pancakes on Pancake Day, there are also a number of flipping marvellous races taking place across the city. Whether you want to take part yourself or watch MPs, Lords and political correspondents fight for the title of best flipper, there's something for you. Find out the best places to find the races on Shrove Tuesday (28th February 2017) with LondonTown's guide.

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The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

Pancake enthusiasts leg it down Dray Walk competing for a specially engraved frying pan.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 28th February 2017

 

In celebration of Shrove Tuesday, pancake enthusiasts leg it down Dray Walk at The Old Truman Brewery near Brick Lane with a frying pan and slab of batter for a relay race with a difference. All participants need for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race is a team of four spirited souls dressed up in wacky costumes and armed with a frying pan (pancakes are provided). Heats kick off at 12.30pm, followed by the finals and ceremonial prize-giving (for the winners: an engraved frying pan, of course). All entrants receive hot pancakes and there's an award for the best-dressed team too so pick a theme and don the appropriate garb - however ridiculous. It's a really eccentric occasion made only better by the wandering clowns and string band playing in the background. If you're visiting the pancake race from out of London and need accommodation, take a look at our hotels near The Old Truman Brewery.

 
 
 

Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race

MPs, Lords and political correspondents do battle to see who's the fastest pancake tosser.

Victoria Tower Gardens, Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA

Tube: Westminster Station

 

Dates: 28th February 2017

 

Staged in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament for 18 years, the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race pitches MPs, Lords and political correspondents against one another to see who's the fastest pancake tosser. A huge draw for tourists, it's not only great fun but it's also for a good cause. As Alistair Stewart OBE, a member of the losing media team in 2016, says, "So often in life, we take ourselves a little too seriously. The Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race really is an eggs-cellent way for our MPs, Lords and even my colleagues in the media, to show that we don't mind sending ourselves up for a good cause."

 
 
 

Flipping Marvellous Pancake Race

Teams from local businesses hunt, gather and flip their way around More London.

The Scoop at More London, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 28th February 2017

 

Teams representing local London businesses take part in the Flipping Marvellous Pancake Race as they hunt, gather and flip their way around More London in celebration of Shrove Tuesday. Estate agents, architects, legal advisers and hairdressers representing companies from across SE1 and SE16 - businesses like Norton Rose Fulbright, PwC, Time and Talents, Architype, The Stress Exchange and Aqua Shard typically take part - all search for over-sized wheat sheaves and compete to be the fastest flippers in this eccentric event held to raise money for Rotherhithe based theatre company London Bubble which uses a theatre-based approach to raise aspirations, build life skills and get young people back into work and education. Urban Food Fest will also be on hand to serve their tempting pancakes.

 
 
 

Leadenhall Market Pancake Race

Teams relay race the length of the historic 14th century covered market.

Leadenhall Market, Whittington Avenue, off Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 1LR

Tube: Monument Station , Bank Station, Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 28th February 2017

 

Competitors from City law, banking and accountancy firms race around the historic 14th century Leadenhall Market while attempting to flip a pancake in the legenday Leadenhall Market Pancake Race. The winners walk away with free pancakes and the highly coveted frying pan trophy and for spectators there's plenty of pancakes as well as beer and ale on tap at the Lamb Tavern where the race starts.

 
 
 

Better Bankside Pancake Day Race

Local businesses test their pancake-tossing prowess.

Borough Market, Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL

Tube: London Bridge Station , Borough Station

 

Dates: 28th February 2017

 

The Better Bankside Pancake Day Race at Borough Market sees Bankside businesses team up and showcase their pancake-tossing prowess in aid of a local charity. Teams go head-to-head and the winner is the first team to cross the finish line with more than a third of the whole pancake still in the pan. Teams are encouraged to raise sponsorship and audience members to donate while the winners will be awarded a round of pancakes from Where The Pancakes Are and an item of choice from Kit and Ace on Park Street.

 
 
 

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