Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, falls between 2 February and 9 March, depending on the date for Easter. In 2016, Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 9 February.
Pancake Day is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – is traditionally a time of fasting.
Pancake Day became a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent: milk, butter, and eggs. Pancakes have featured in recipe books as far back as 1439!
Pancake Races in London
As well as eating pancakes, there's a long tradition of pancake races in London. Participants have to toss pancakes in a frying pan while completing the course. The races often raise money for charity.
If you don't fancy racing yourself, you can always cheer on the runners!
Pancake Day Restaurants
Don't miss out this Pancake Day. Head to one of London's brilliant pancake restaurants or creperies for a Pancake Day feast. See our list of London pancake restaurants.