140127 Prepare for parliamentary pancake fun

  • Category: Wine & Dining
  • Date: Tuesday, 04 March 2014

As well as marking the day before Lent begins and therefore giving us an excuse to eat plenty of lovely buttery pancakes, Shrove Tuesday is also a day of silliness and mischief among our Members of Parliament.

For one day only, we can watch our beloved politicians make fools of themselves in the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race, which sees teams formed of Lords, MPs and members of the press go head to head in order to raise money for charity.

There are, of course, strict rules to be observed during the race. Pancakes must be flipped continuously as racers sprint around the course, and on no account must a pan be used as a weapon at any point. 

Rude gestures and provocative actions are banned, while "gentlemanly and gentlewomanly behaviour" must be observed at all times. Surplus eggs and batter must not be flung at spectators.

Despite the many rules, the event is set to be one of the most enjoyable in the calendar, with the fun taking place in Westminster right in front of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

It's free to come along and watch, with the press often turning out in their thousands to capture images of our Right Honourable Members getting competitive and wearing silly hats.  

This year, any donations made will go towards Rehab, a charity that specialises in helping people with disabilities, brain and spinal injuries and mental health difficulties, as well as assisting mature members of society in maintaining an independent life. 

Head back to The Chesterfield Mayfair after the excitement, where we've got a fantastic treat if you prefer your pancakes with honey rather than maple syrup. The Chesterfield Bees which live on the rooftop will be on hand to provide as much of the sweet substance as you like.

Make the most of your stay with the 3 Nights for the Price of 2 package, which offers plenty of unrestrained luxury and an extra evening in a Junior Suite or an Executive Suite entirely for free.