London chef and restaurateur Tom Aikens is rapidly colonizing Somerset House — the Thames-side home of the British Fashion Council and the London Fashion Week tents — with eateries for every mood and moment of the day. There are now three places where hungry showgoers can sample Aikens’ finger-licking British food: Tom’s Deli, Tom’s Terrace and Tom’s Kitchen at Somerset House.
The deli opens at 8 a.m. and stocks meats, cheeses, quiches and smoothies.
His newest venue, Tom’s Kitchen, offers more sophisticated dishes, such as sea bass meunière with black olives and tomatoes, and truffle chips with Parmesan.
Finally, Tom’s Terrace, as its name suggests, is an al fresco space overlooking the river. Dishes include grilled paillard of chicken salad, tartine of red onion and aubergine compote and mango rice pudding.
This is the first time Aikens has ventured outside Chelsea, where the original Tom’s Kitchen and Tom Aikens Restaurant are located.
— Samantha Conti
London WC2R 1LA