Visit London Blog » the gun http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:10:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Shrove Tuesday: Pancake Day Events in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/shrove-tuesday-pancake-day-fun-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/shrove-tuesday-pancake-day-fun-in-london/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:00:23 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37842 Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

Shrove Tuesday is on 4 March and across London people will be busy mixing, flipping and eating pancakes to celebrate. Whether you’re a fan of the experimental filling, a traditionalist (nothing but lemon and sugar!) or just enjoy a good pancake race you’ll find plenty to satsify you.

Here are just a few of the most fun and unusual pancake day events taking place this year, from pancake races to a pop-up pancake pantry.

Complimentary crepes at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen

Passing through Belgravia on Shrove Tuesday between 8.30am and 10am? Pop into Lowndes Bar & Kitchen to enjoy a free crepe. If you miss the slot, fear not: you can still enjoy the restaurant’s menu of sweet and savoury crepes – including cinnamon and sugar, seafood with parmesan cream sauce and beef bolognaise in a rich tomato sauce.

Scoop Gelato’s Pancake Day

Ice cream specialists Scoop Gelato are branching into pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, with what they call ‘the ultimate menu for chocoholics’. There are eight chocolate flavours to choose from, using cocoa from Venezuela, Ecuador, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ghana, Madagascar, Sao Tome and Java. Visit Scoop Gelato’s parlours in Soho, South Kensington and Covent Garden for your chocolate hit.

The Griffin cocktail at Strip Bar & Steak

Pancake cocktail at Strip Bar & Steak

Yes, you read correctly. A pancake cocktail. Well, an American pancake-infused Amaretto to be exact. It’s the latest innovative cocktail from Arminas ‘Junior’ Girtavicius at Strip Bar & Steak (other varieties include popcorn-infused vodka and custard vanilla foams). The cocktail, named The Griffin, is a twist on the Amaretto sour and is made up of pancake-infused Amaretto, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, egg white and angostura bitters.

Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race 2014

Parliamentary Pancake Race 2014

It’s back! Every year MPs, Lords and members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery take part in a good old-fashioned Parliamentary Pancake Race to raise money for Rehab, helping those with brain injuries, mental health issues and a range of disabilities. Head on down to Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster at 10am to watch the political powers of Parliament battle it out for the Magnificent Tin Cup.

Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

You don’t have to be an MP to be an expert flipper, all dextrous pan wielders are welcome to join the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race. This lively event sees teams of four race up and down Dray Walk at the Old Truman Brewery (heats start at 12.30pm) to raise money for London’s Air Ambulance service. Pancakes are provided courtesy of Csaba’s Hungarian Creperie, with prizes from Cath Kidston, music from the Lost Marbles Strong Band and clowns from the E Team. It’s free to enter the race but you need to apply first, visit Alternative Arts for contact details.

Pancake at Tefal's Ingenio pop-up restaurant at John Lewis

Pop-up pancakes: Ingenio Restaurant at John Lewis Oxford Street

Cookware specialists Tefal have teamed up with leading department store John Lewis on Oxford Street to open the first ever pop-up restaurant in a shop window. This limited-edition eaterie will be open for two days only (3-4 March), serving up free gourmet savoury pancakes to lucky visitors. To book your place at the chef’s table visit www.tefalingenio.co.uk.

Shutterbug pancake

Pancake Day Carnival Party at Shutterbug

Shoreditch cocktail bar and creperie Shutterbug is getting in the Caribbean carnival vibe for Shrove Tuesday with a Mardi Gras-style pancake carnival. There’ll be sweet and savoury crepes and rum cocktails, plus carnival dancing and live music courtesy of the Trinidad & Tobago Tourist Board. All the fun starts at 6.30pm (though you can pop in for a pancake anytime from 9am)

Greenwich Market Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race

Greenwich Market marks Shrove Tuesday with a charity Pancake Race (in aid of Macmillan). Teams of four will take part, flipping their Dutch Dippers pancakes and competing to win the prizes for winning team and best fancy dress. So expect to see a few odd outfits around! Heats start at 1pm with children’s races at 4pm. Pop down to cheer along the teams and sample tasty pancakes from the market’s food stalls.

Shorthorn fillet pancake ‘Wellington’ at The Botanist on Sloane Square, with seared foie gras, truffle and bone marrow sauce

Hog roast pancake at The Gun

Pig in blankets aren’t just for Christmas. At The Gun in Docklands you can celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a pig in a pancake: that’s hog roast, apple, watercress and smoked paprika. The Gun is part of the ETM Group of restaurants, and delicious and unique pancake fillings can be found at each (other varieties available too):

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Top 10 Valentine’s Day Restaurants in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/02/top-10-valentines-day-restaurants-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/02/top-10-valentines-day-restaurants-in-london/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:38:56 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=25428 Looking for somewhere to romance a food-lover this Valentine’s Day? Here are our Top 10 Valentine’s Day restaurants…

1. OXO Brasserie

OXO Brasserie’s Vegas Valentine’s evening comes complete with Vegas wedding chapel and a performance from a Chinese Elvis. The beautiful views and aphrodisiac menu are sure to get you in the mood for love.

2. Petersham Nurseries

Enjoy a walk along the river Thames, followed by lunch at the idyllic Petersham Nurseries Café with a glass of Petersham Rose Prosecco. True romantics can pre-order a bouquet of flowers to be delivered to the table.

3. Kerbisher & Malt

Does your Valentine love fish and chips? Take them to trendy chippy Kerbisher & Malt for a Valentine’s dinner including two heart-shaped fishcakes, a portion of chips to share and a bottle of fizz.

4. Clos Maggiore

Clos Maggiore was named Most Romantic Restaurant by Hardens 2012 Restaurant Guide, so it’s the ultimate place to woo your loved one. The conservatory with views of the stars obviously does the trick – the restaurant sees at least one proposal a week.

5. Gilgamesh

One lucky diner at Gilgamesh will win a diamond worth more than £1,000 this Valentine’s Day. The rock will be hidden at the bottom of a pink martini named Diamonds are Forever. So it might be worth splashing out on the £50 pan-Asian Valentine’s menu!

6. Carom

Love will be in the air at Carom, as diners are serenaded by Anglo-Indian love songs. You’ll be welcomed with a cocktail, before enjoying a three-course meal followed by singers and DJs playing into the night.

7. Dinner on the Orient Express

Luxurious Valentine’s lunch and dinner trips on the Orient Express include a five-course meal, champagne and wine. Departing from Victoria station, the cosy British Pullman steam train will take you on a romantic trip through the countryside.

8. The Gun

Push the boat out with The Gun’s extravagant Valentine’s package. You’ll arrive by boat, toast your lover in front of stunning river views, have a five-course meal and cocktails delivered by your own personal waiter, and watch your choice of “rom com” on a 42in screen.

9. Barry White Lurve Night at Meatballs

It may not have the most romantic name, but Meatballs is the place to be for lovers this Valentine’s Day. The evening is dedicated to Barry White, the Walrus of Love, and includes a Kiss Me Quick cocktail followed by dinner, accompanied by a Barry White soundtrack.

10. River Thames Dinner Cruise

City Cruises will be creating ripples of romance with a Valentine’s night cruise along the river Thames. Starting at Westminster Pier, the evening includes a glass of fizz and a three-course meal followed by live music and dancing.

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