Shrove Tuesday falls on 5 March 2019, so warm up your frying pans and get ready for some of London’s most fun Pancake Day races
Lead image: Traders Frank and Dan compete at the Greenwich Market Pancake Day races
1 Greenwich Market Pancake Races, Greenwich
Are you the fastest pancake flipper in your neighbourhood? Well now’s the time to put your pancake flipping skills to test at the annual Greenwich Market Pancake Races. The races will take place on Tuesday 5 March from 12pm-1pm and there will be medals and pancakes for the participants. The event is sponsored by Mayca and all proceeds from the event go to the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. Pans are provided, so just turn up to participate, or email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ; greenwichmarket.london
2 Inter-Livery Pancake Race, the City
The Inter-Livery Pancake Race takes place on 5 March, with the Mansion House, Guildhall, Old Bailey and City Livery Company of Poulters competing in fancy dress for a commemorative frying pan. The annual Shrove Tuesday race conjures quite the atmosphere, with plenty of pomp and ceremony to cajole us all into spirits high enough to help raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Charity. The event takes place from 11.30am-3pm.
Guildhall Yard, Mansion House EC2V 5AA; poulters.org.uk
3 Better Bankside Pancake Day Race, Borough Market
The legendary Better Bankside Pancake Day Race is back on 5 March, when Bankside businesses will compete in a fast and furious pancake-flipping relay race. Teams will need to register at 12pm and the races will start at 12.30pm in Jubilee Place (behind Bread Ahead), with live music and pancakes available throughout the event. Team entry to the race is £30 and all money collected will go to the local charity Paintings in Hospitals.
8 Southwark Street SE1 1TL; betterbankside.co.uk
4 Leadenhall Market Pancake Race, the City
Taking place in the handsome and historic Leadenhall Market, this pancake race starts at 12pm outside The Lamb Tavern on 5 March. Competitors run a 20m course and the winners walk away with free pancakes and the highly coveted frying pan trophy while, for spectators, there will be plenty of pancakes as well as beer and ale on tap at the Lamb Tavern. Entry is free. Teams must register in advance or on the day at The Lamb Tavern or by email via email@example.com
10-12 Leadenhall Market, the City EC3V 1LR; leadenhallmarket.co.uk
5 Where the Pancakes Are, Southwark
There’s no messing around on Shrove Tuesday at Where the Pancakes Are. Well actually, there will be, with a three-legged Pancake Day race! Make your way down there between 6pm and 8pm for lemon bobbing and a three-legged race (starting at 7.30pm) where you’ll have to flip pancakes while you run to the finish line. Cocktails are being served to settle pre-race nerves and there will be prizes for the winners. No need to book – just turn up with trainers and a willing partner. Oh and there’s also a Pancake Day pop-up in Flat Iron Square’s Après chalet serving pancakes galore.
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road SE1 0NQ; wherethepancakesare.com
*Note* The Parliamentary Pancake Race at Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, has been cancelled
Sadly, Rehab has decided to cancel its annual Parliamentary Pancake Race, which was originally planned for Shrove Tuesday, due to the intense focus on Brexit and the demands of Parliamentarians and the media (more here).