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LONDON, ENGLAND, February 11, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- This Pancake Day, Tuesday 17th February 2015, Londoners are heating up the frying pans for some flipping marvellous races. Find out the best places to watch the pancake races taking place outside Parliament, at the historic Leadenhall Market and at locations across London with LondonTown's indispensable guide to Pancake Day in London.
In the run-up to the election there's an even bigger contest at stake, the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race, when MPs, Lords and political correspondents line up in Victoria Tower Gardens, pits political rivals against each other just outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, to see who can flip and run the fastest.
The Pancake Day race at More London, in the shadow of City Hall, adds to the traditional format by introducing a treasure hunt element. Following a warm up (led by a giant chicken) teams representing local London businesses take part in the Flipping Marvellous Pancake Race as they hunt for over-sized wheat sheaves and flip their way around The Scoop at More London in celebration of Shrove Tuesday.
At the historic 14th Leadenhall Market in the City of London the legendary Leadenhall Market Pancake Race attracts competitors from City law, banking and accountancy firms who put forward teams of four to compete in a relay race along the length of the covered market while attempting to flip a pancake supplied by the Lamb Tavern who not only supply the pancakes but also give out the prizes.
Each aspect of The City's annual Livery Companies Pancake Race, which takes place in the beautiful Guildhall yard, is allocated to the relevant livery - the Gunmakers start each heat with a bang, the Clockmakers are responsible for the accuracy of the timing, the Fruiterers provide lemons, the Cutlers plastic forks, the Glovers white gloves worn by each runner, and the Poulters the eggs essential in the all-important making of the pancakes.
Taking place the Saturday before Pancake Day, on Saturday 14th February, Greenwich Market Pancake Races has medals in several categories including best market trader team, lovers race - given it is Valentine's Day -and best fancy dress. Anyone can enter and competitors are encouraged to dress up and help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
All participants need for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, when pancake enthusiasts leg it down Dray Walk at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, is a team of four spirited souls dressed up in wacky costumes and armed with a frying pan, pancakes are provided. It's great fun, held for a worthy cause - to raise money for London's Air Ambulance which is currently raising funds to buy a second helicopter.
For more useful information on where to see the Pancake Day Races in London visit LondonTown.com which gives full listings on all the must-see events and best attractions in London.
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