Visiting London on Tuesday 28th February? Then head for Westminster or Spitalfields to see one of Britain’s oldest traditions underway, for this is Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday).
For centuries, British people have celebrated the last day of Lent by making pancakes. Lent is a period that leads up to Easter and was originally a period when certain foods were not eaten. So, on the last day of Lent, people used to empty cupboards of products like sugar, eggs and butter. Pancakes were the ideal way to use up these items. At the same time, it became a period of celebration and a time for fun for people staying in Aparthotels London.
Pancake races were the result. Teams of people would run a set distance tossing pancakes in a frying pan! Not all the pancakes survived to the end of the race.
Shrove Tuesday is still a popular time to enjoy pancakes – and have a race. As a result, there are two quite well known races that can be enjoyed in London.
The first is in Victoria Tower Gardens, near the Houses of Parliament. Don’t be surprised to see some familiar faces taking part because this is the Parliamentary Pancake Race. Teams of MP’s, members of the House of Lords and the members of the press race against each other while flipping pancakes. It is a lot of fun, and also a great fundraiser for charity.
Over in Spitalfields, search out the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race along the cobbled streets. This also takes place in aid of charity and involves teams of four people dressed in fancy costumes. Anyone can take part as long as they bring a donation for the London Air Ambulance Service. The ultimate winner takes home a specially engraved frying pan.
After all that, enjoy some pancakes at one of the many fantastic London pancake restaurants while a resident at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair. The traditional way to eat them is with sugar and lemon, but there will be countless other flavours, both sweet and savoury available. Among the places to try are My Old Dutch which has outlets in Holborn, Kensington and Chelsea; The Kensington Creperie, Continental Stores St Pancras, The Wolseley in Piccadilly and Crème de la Crepe in Covent Garden. If your preference is for stacks of American style pancakes then outlets like Jackson & Rye and the Breakfast Club will satisfy your tastebuds.
So, If you are in London this February with your family, book a long stay in Serviced Apartments Central London and experience the many events going on throughout the city