Tom Aikens, the Michelin-starred chef, is to launch two restaurants in conjunction with the Compass Group at Somerset House, it has been revealed. The chef will take over the existing Admiralty Restaurant and River Terrace Café at the 18th century building and relaunch them as Tom’s Kitchen and Tom’s Terrace respectively. The 90-seat Tom’s Kitchen at Somerset House, which is set to launch on 28 June, will serve an all-day menu of seasonal British dishes similar to Aikens’ original site in Chelsea, which first opened in 2006. The 60-seat Tom’s Terrace, which will run from May until October, will be housed under a new-built canopy at the venue. Aikens is the latest in a series of Michelin-starred chefs to join Compass including Michel Roux Jr, Albert Roux and Gary Rhodes. He was set to launch a second Tom’s Kitchen restaurant in Canary Wharf but shelved plans after hitting financial difficulties. His restaurant business collapsed into administration in 2008 and was acquired in a management buy-out.

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