Pancake Day is just around the corner! If you don’t fancy making your own pancakes this year (although I do have the perfect pancake recipe for you), London is no short of restaurants serving some spectacular pancakes to celebrate the occasion. Whether you are into fluffy American-style buttermilk pancakes, jiggly Japanese souffle pancakes, mini Pofferrtjes or giant Dutch pancakes etc., London’s got it and they come in unique flavour combos that you may not have thought of before! So here it is, a list of the best pancakes in London to satisfy all your pancake cravings.
*Header photo credits to Where The Pancakes Are
Where to Find the Best Pancakes in London
Where the Pancakes Are
Specialising in just pancakes alone for the restaurant, Where The Pancakes Are is no doubt one of the top spots for pancakes in London. They currently have two branches, one in Southwark at Flat Iron Square, the other in Fitzrovia at Charlotte Street. Now the main question is: to get the American buttermilk pancakes or to go Dutch with their oven-baked Dutch pancakes? Both are incredibly popular and it’s going to be a very hard decision! Savoury buttermilk varieties are also available on the menu, as well as vegan, dairy-free, and wheat-free options.
Want to recreate these flavours at home? Where The Pancakes Are offers DIY pancakes meal kits, which you can order online, for UK nationwide delivery.
Eggbreak is no doubt my favourite brunch restaurant in London ever. The Cornflakes Nutella French Toast may steal quite the spotlight but their Ari Pancakes are quite the showstopper too! These pancakes come stacked with bananas, raspberries, and salted caramel butter/vanilla coconut cream (vegan). Just like everything else on their menu, the Ari Pancakes are absolutely delicious and leave you wanting more.
Those gluten-free pancakes from A.O.K Kitchen ooze sophistication and are absolutely delicious. A.O.K Kitchen prides itself as a space for inclusivity, featuring a menu free from refined sugar and conscious to limit its dairy and gluten use. The AOK Pancakes are cooked in the oven instead of the frying pan and come served with organic maple syrup, coconut chantilly & fresh berries. They might be on the expensive end but worthwhile as an occasional treat.
Just a few steps away from A.O.K Kitchen above is Chiltern Firehouse, who is known for serving some of the best pancakes in London. Again, they are definitely pricier than your usual pancake stack but it’s going to be well worth it. Chiltern Firehouse is a former firehouse in Marylebone that has been transformed into an acclaimed Hotel & Restaurant. Their gorgeous pancakes come served with toppings on the side, including blueberries, crème fraîche & maple syrup.
Its grand art-deco glamour attracts both Londoners and tourists alike, and its pancake stacks look just as gorgeous as the grandeur of its interior. These incredibly fluffy pancakes are regularly featured on The Wolseley’s breakfast menu and are easily their most popular breakfast item. Choose from just a simple side of maple syrup or get them topped with a variety of seasonal berries. That elegant stack of pancakes is no doubt the key to a start of a perfect day!
Granger & Co
Their Ricotta Hotcakes (and silky scrambled eggs) took social media by storm at a time and continue to remain popular today as a firm favourite for best pancakes in London. The Granger is probably one of the first Australian brunch cafes that really took off and set up the London brunch scene back in the days. Their iconic ricotta hotcakes are as fluffy as they look, complete with banana (and sometimes strawberries), their signature honeycomb butter, and a side of maple syrup. We visited a good couple of years ago at their Clerkenwell branch and you can read more about our review & experience here.
Cha Cha Roll
You didn’t think I’m going to forget about Japanese Souffle Pancakes on this list, did you?! Fuwafuwa might have come into the market first, but personally, I would recommend Cha Cha Roll instead (up for debate). A variety of topping combos are available, including Brown Sugar Bubble Milk Tea, Premium Matcha, Custard Creme Brulee, Tiramisu, Strawberry Pistachio, and Mango Pomelo. In addition, Cha Cha Roll offers a fully halal savoury menu serving Bento Boxes and more!
Coffee Addict London
Speaking of Japanese Souffle Pancakes, here’s another one that serves up a variety of flavour combos and also comes with an Instagrammable backdrop! Coffee Addict London has been making waves in the London foodie scene, featuring an all-day brunch menu with souffle pancakes options that are just too good to resist. Classic flavours aside, their flavour combos also include Apple Pie filling, Ube pancakes, etc. and even a Truffle 24k Gold savoury option. It’s the perfect spot for a girly brunch date and for showing off on Instagram thanks to its pink interiors and flower walls.
When it comes to pancakes, American style wins by a mile in my opinion. Outsider Tart offers proper American-style pancakes, which come in serving sizes of short, regular, or long haul. They also offer weekends specials as well, featuring flavour combos that’d guarantee to ‘feed your soul’.
Fancy something a little different? Why not try out Gunpowder’s pancakes with an Indian twist? Gunpowder restaurant is a popular Indian restaurant in town and is known for its lip-smacking lamb chops and tandoori chicken. But the biggest surprise could be their pancakes on the brunch menu! Cardamom and pistachio pancakes topped with caramelised bananas, a dollop of crème fraiche, and served with maple and rose syrup, they totally taste as heavenly as they sounded and no doubt a showstopper.
*Gunpowder is currently not serving breakfast until 14th March 2022
Stacked Dutch Pancakes
Whenever I see Stacked Dutch Pancakes at a food market, I just couldn’t resist them! Making only mini Dutch pancakes, a.k.a Poffertjes, these pancakes are seriously too cute to withdraw. Mini and fluffy, each order comes in 12 Poffertjes, dusted with icing sugar and toppings of your choice. No matter what you pick, that loaded plate of pancakes are totally going to put a smile on your face.
My Old Dutch
Whether you want thin or thick pancakes, savoury or sweet, or mini poffertjes, My Old Dutch has got it all. Their extensive menu offers a wide variety of toppings combos, as well as seasonal flavours, or simply design your own!
Burnt Toast Cafe
The local gem of Brixton Village, Burnt Toast Cafe, serves up some of the fluffiest and arguably best pancakes in London. They come with the toppings combo of your choice and are drenched in both maple syrup and butterscotch sauce. French toasts may be their headlines but their pancakes are one not to be missed. Their usual crowd and queue is the perfect testament to how good these pancakes are.
Daisy Green Collection
Whether it’s Scarlett Green, Barbie Green, Timmy Green, Daisy Green…Daisy Green Collection’s range of Aussie cafes easily makes one of the most popular brunch spots in London. Their Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes, topped with fresh berries, honey mascarpone cream, and pure maple, are a popular catch. I mean, how could one not love them when it’s also prettily topped with a flower as well?
Sunday In Brooklyn
So, personally, we didn’t enjoy the pancakes at Sunday at Brooklyn much. However, I will include them on this list only because of their constant hype and popularity. The popular New York brunch restaurant has crossed the pond the opened in the beautiful area of Notting Hill and their ‘Sunday Pancakes’ have been all over the headlines. Those humongous pancakes are definitely a showstopper to the eye. Try it yourself for a verdict but it’s a pass from us. You can read more about our review and experience at Sunday at Brooklyn London here.