It’s Pancake Day! The one day of the year when it’s basically the law to eat breakfast for dinner, in the form of piles of yummy pancakes. But if you’re flipping skills aren’t up to scratch, or you just don’t feel like messing up your kitchen… here are some of East London’s famous pancake spots…

The Breakfast Club, Hackney Wick

At The Breakfast Club, Pancake Day is a really big deal. They release a special menu packed with savory and sweet options (and heaps of vegan options too) running from 5th – 8th March.

If you’re feeling extra hungry, you could even take part in their annual pancake challenge – eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes and they’re on the house. Don’t manage it and your bill will be donated to charity.

The Diner, Shoreditch

The Diner in Shoreditch is a classic American style eatery complete with booths and tall milkshakes straight out of the 1950s. So you might not be surprised to hear that they go big on Pancake Day too. Keep it simple with choc chip pancakes or go for something fruity or savoury… they also have an extensive vegan pancake menu. Yum!

Shane’s On Canalside, Hackney Wick

At Shane’s On Canalside you can munch through your stack of fluffy pancakes whilst watching the world go by along the pictureque River Lea. Their unique twist on brunch pancakes include goats cheese and butternut squash. If you’re feeling virtuous, you can work your meal off afterwards with a cycle or walk around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Trade, Spitalfields

Work up an appetite by doing some shopping around Spitalfields before heading to Trade. Expect all the classic pancake options including maple syrup, berries and mascarpone and bacon and egg.

Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park

Pavilion in Victoria Park is the local’s favourite brunch spot and it’s not hard to see why… with tonnes of outdoor seating beside the park’s boating lake, you can relax with their famous banana, syrup and mascarpone buttermilk pancakes. Delish!

So it’s the New Year again. Whether your resolution is to pull off a dry January, to try veganism, to lose some weight, or just to eat a little bit better, we’ve found the best healthy places to grab a bite (and a drink) across East London…

The Hive, Cambridge Heath Road

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Specialising in organic nourishing foods and cold pressed juices, The Hive on Cambridge Heath Road is the ideal location for your New Year detox. And if you’re not doing dry January, they also have a curated selection of fantastic wines and craft beers (also available to take away).

MOTHER Works, Here East, Stratford

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At MOTHER Works it’s all about plant-based organic produce that’s sustainable, nourishing and delicious. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the smoothie menu is the real hook – with a huge selection of tasty healthy treats including vegan Cookie Dough and Mint Choc Chip smoothies and fruity creations like the Berry Blast Off and the Galactic Detox.

Apres Food Co, Clerkenwell

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We all get those comfort food cravings, especially when we’re trying to eat right. At Apres Food, they want to prove that eating tasty, filling and comforting meals doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Top quality cooked breakfasts, and yummy cereals, alongside cold pressed juices and brilliant cakes – you can treat yourself without wrecking your diet!

Cub, Hoxton

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At Cub in Hoxton they focus on sustainability, so you can rest assured that you’re doing good while you’re eating good stuff. Their menu is creatively different, with the set menu offering a mix of food and drinks (and some courses that are both at once!) with tasty booze-free options also available.

 

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