It’s fair to say that London isn’t short of top breakfast places and that includes stacks and stacks of amazing pancakes. From authentic, thick American versions to more unusual savoury creations; Here is a list of where to eat London’s most delicious pancakes.
with salted butter and maple syrup.
Outsider Tart is the home of true southern American home cooking and it wouldn’t be authentic without a stack of fluffy buttermilk American pancakes. They come in short a short stack (2) mid (3) or long haul (4), and all come with real maple syrup and a dollop of butter melting in the middle. The place has got a really funky design and a brownie bar!
83 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 2EF www.outsidertart.com
…with blueberry compote, fresh blueberries and creme fraiche.
Chiltern Firehouse is a 5* hotel in Marylebone serving up 5* pancakes. This is somewhere to go when a regular stack just won’t do and really want to treat yourself (and indeed your wasit line) in beautiful surroundings.
1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA www.chilternfirehouse.com
… with espresso mascarpone and vanilla cinnamon syrup.
Aussie local spot Angie’s in leafy West London serves up a take on pancakes that’s not really like any others I’ve tried before. Rounder, smaller, and a little bit savoury; They come with a dollop of espresso cream and a cute pot of cinnamon syrup to drizzle.
114 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 1PU www.angieslittlefoodshop.com
…with warm maple syrup.
Balans do some of the best pancakes I’ve tried in London. They come in American style, are drowned in maple syrup and are very generous in size. Have them as bressert (breakfast dessert) to one of Balans’s full English breakfasts and you can’t go wrong. Always a friendly welcome at the original site in Soho.
60-62 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4UG www.balans.co.uk
…with dulce de leche sauce, bananas and icing sugar.
NAC is a popular brunch spot in London’s super swanky Mayfair and one thing everyone raves about is their pancakes. They are drowned in dulce de leche which is a sweet caramel sauce and topped with banana and icing sugar. Sweet lovers this one is for you!
41 N Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZP www.naclondon.com
…with asparagus, cheese, creme fraiche and a fried egg.
Senzala Creperie is a small, independent creperie in the vibrant and bustling Brixton Village and has a large menu of both sweet and savoury galettes and crepes. Really affordable too. You’ll be spoilt for choice.
42 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8PS www.senzalacreperie.co.uk
…with shed loads of Nutella.
Poffertjes are a small, sweet Dutch style pancake and they come in bite-size pieces that are cooked fresh in front of you at Camden Market. Then they’re piled high with Nutella and strawberries and, you know, you gotta get that fruit in there for balance 😉
Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AF www.camdenmarket.com
…with banana and berries.
It’s not very often you can say vegan pancakes are great (sorry but it’s true!). Thankfully, vegan/veggie cafe 90 Degree Melt have smashed that perception. Fluffy, sweet and thankfully not dense and tasting of cardboard (Hooray!) Never would you know they are vegan.
4BJ, 235 Mile End Rd, London E1 www.90degree.co.uk
… with Ribena compote and creme fraiche.
Possibly the most photogenic pancakes in London are at the equally photogenic retro style cafe, Cafe Miami in Hackney. They also do a Nutella stuffed version too (and most recently a cinnamon roll flavour!) Make sure you get a side of their sweet bacon to go with them.
24 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0PD www.cafemiami.co.uk
… with whatever you want!
Instead of being stuck with one topping, Christopher’s in Covent Garden gives you the option to build your own pancakes. Each table comes with a pencil, tick sheet and you can choose from a whole list of toppings. You’re in control!
Covent Garden, 18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD www.christophersgrill.com
… with homemade kimchi, avocado and egg.
Whoever said pancakes (or crepes) had to be super unhealthy? Crepes A La Carte have an inventive, healthy menu packed with good for you creations full of healthy fats and antioxidants. Plus they can all be made gluten, wheat and dairy free. Unhealthy options also available 😉 See full blog post here.
112 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 9PX www.crepesalacarte.co.uk
…with vanilla yoghurt and bananas.
Did someone say pancake or cake? Aussie brunch spot Proud Mary’s is just off the beaten track in West London’s Shepherds Bush and serves up the thickest, fluffiest pancakes you will ever lay eyes on. It’s seriously like eating three cakes. Oh, and they are gluten-free!
1C Oaklands Grove, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 0JD www.proudmarys.co.uk
…with banana and honeycomb butter.
Probably the most talked about pancakes in London are the ricotta cakes from Granger & Co. It’s one place you never see without a queue, and 9 times out of 10 it’s because of these. It’s all about that honeycomb butter!
175 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London W11 2SB www.grangerandco.com
…2 chocolate chip, 2 blueberry, roasted strawberries, fudge sauce and whipped cream.
Boondocks is your typical American diner, and in the usual American style, bigger is always better. Four thick pancakes come with a whole load of toppings which looks more like dessert than breakfast. Pancake professionals only!
205 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JN www.feedyoursoul.co.uk
…with bacon and berries.
First of all how cool is the name? Where The Pancakes Are does exactly what it says on the tin. They serve up a menu entirely of pancakes and are set in a funky little place called Flat Iron Square in South East London. Don’t go expecting huge portions as it’s more delicate than decadent.
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Rd, London SE1 0NQ www.wherethepancakesare.com
…with nut butter and banana.
SHOT’s pancakes are for the health conscience pancake addicts out there and are made with sweet potato and topped with nut butter. They list the macros too if you’re into that kind of thing. While they are good, just be aware that they do taste ‘healthier’ than what you might be used too.
23 Bride Ln, London EC4Y 8DT www.shot.london
… with berries and extra bacon.
Eating pancakes in the famous Wolseley (next to The Ritz) is ultimate breakfast goals. Silver teapots, opulent chandeliers and a stack of 3 cake-like pancakes topped with either berries or bacon. My tip is to get both. Seriously. That sticky, sweet bacon is the absolute dream.
160 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9EB www.thewolseley.com
…with berries and maple syrup.
Burnt Toast Cafe is a small, alfresco cafe in Brixton that does some great all day breakfast classics including their homemade berry pancakes. Pair that with a cup of tea in a PROPER mug and a sunny Sunday morning in the bustling little village and it’s the perfect place for you’re next brunch.
88 Brixton Village Market, Brixton, London SW9 8PS
…with coconut salted caramel sauce.
Coconut water is a serious superfood right now and how amazing is it that we can find it in the form of a pancake! Osu specialises in these vegan, gluten and guilt-free treat and how marvellous that they can do all that in one. Just what we like to hear. Find them in East London’s Broadway Market.
Broadway Market, London, E84QJ, http://www.broadwaymarket.co.uk
… with mushrooms, garlic, parsley and pepper.
In London’s very lovely (and very posh) village of Hampstead Heath sits La Creperie de Hampstead that have been serving up their takeaway crepes from a small cart since 1980. Very indulgent (as the French like it) and hardly ever without a queue. It’s a bit of an institution in the area and one to venture too if you fancy a weekend wander. See blog post here.
77a Hampstead High St, Hampstead, London NW3 1RE www.hampsteadvillage.com
… with mascarpone, bacon and pure Vermont maple.
Beautiful Australian brunch places have taken over London and Timmy Green is one of those on the list. Their sweet option includes their famous banana bread, coconut French toast and these blueberry and bacon pancakes. Thicker and more cake-like than usual; it must be an Australian thing! (If you go back to number 3 & 12 you’ll know what I mean!)
11 Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, London • SW1E 5DJ www.daisygreenfood.com