With Pancake Day coming up on Tuesday 5th March, there’s still time to dig out your frying pan and practice your flipping technique.

Whether you enjoy a traditional British pancake with sugar and a squeeze of lemon, a wafer-thin French crepe or the American version, smothered in blueberries and maple syrup, there’s an art to making your own.

For an easier option, here’s our pick of five places to enjoy pancakes in Islington, Hackney and thereabouts:

Bellanger, 9 Islington Green N1 2XH

Check out the buckwheat crêpes with interesting fillings – maybe a savoury one with black pudding, fried duck egg and gruyere?

The Breakfast Club, 31 Camden Passage N1 8EA

Named after the iconic 80s movie, this chain excels at buttermilk pancakes topped with super-crisp bacon – or there’s a berry option. To be washed down with hot chocolate and mini marshmallows.

Granger & Co, 7 Pancras Square N1C 4AG

Chef Bill Granger’s chain is noted for its breakfasts, particularly the thick, Australian ricotta ‘hotcakes’ served with banana and honeycomb butter.

Hash E8, 170 Dalston Lane E8 1NG

This modern take on the greasy spoon dishes up its own version of breakfast classics, including sublime buttermilk pancakes with white chocolate and caramelised bananas.

Sunday, 169 Hemingford Rd N1 1DA

This cosy café is the last word in brunch, and pancakes are definitely on the menu. Piled high with blueberries, bacon and the rest they’re great served with a jar of bloody Mary.

Pancake day – what’s it all about?

Shrove Tuesday, as it’s officially called, takes place exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday. For Christians, it’s the day before Lent and a period of abstinence that often involves giving up sweet treats. Traditionally, Pancake Day was a good excuse to use up all sugar, eggs and fat in your store cupboard.

In the UK, Shrove Tuesday is marked by pancake races and other events, often in aid of charity. This year’s annual Parliamentary Pancake Race, between MPs and political journalists has, unsurprisingly, been cancelled due to Brexit, but other races will be taking place around the capital.

Find out more about Pancake Day events, and other great places to eat pancakes in this Time Out story.