All aboard! There’s a new place to eat and drink in town, and it’s already making waves in the casual dining scene. Michelin starred chef Tom Aikens has opened the doors to his brand new deli and rooftop bar; and if you hadn’t already guessed from our (terrible) puns, his latest venture is set at the iconic HMS Belfast.
The new Tom’s Kitchen is the fifth in a group of restaurants founded by Aikens, who already owns beautiful brasseries in Chelsea, Canary Wharf and Somerset House. His restaurants are set in impressive locations and his latest addition to the scene certainly follows suit! Found at the Second World War Royal Navy warship the HMS Belfast, this promises to be a meal to remember. Comprising a 46 seat deli and a 58 person rooftop bar, Tom’s Kitchen not only improves the visitor experience at one of London’s star attractions, but also delivers a new eatery option to the bustling riverside scene.
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Famed for his relaxed, yet impossibly fresh cuisine crafted from well sourced and organic ingredients, Aikens has made quite a name for himself in the London dining scene. Serving up a range of sandwiches, fresh salads and platters, the deli area of the new Tom’s Kitchen is the perfect pit stop for visitors looking to refuel after discovering the ship. Meanwhile, the rooftop bar area, which is open till late, has a delicious offering of wines, cocktails, craft beers and a selection of nibbles. Part covered and part open air, this al fresco area is circled by spectacular views across Tower Bridge and the Thames – and has arrived just in time for summer!
Aside from the mouth-watering menu, the new Tom’s Kitchen is blessed to be set at one of London’s most significant landmarks. The HMS Belfast, which is run by the Imperial War Museum, is the Royal Navy’s last surviving cruiser from the Second World War. All nine decks are open to the public, allowing visitors to uncover the stories of ship life from the war and beyond.
Aikens, founder of Tom’s Kitchen, said:
“The opportunity to create a Tom’s Kitchen Deli and Bar in such an extraordinary space is a real privilege, and one that we are very excited about.”
Don’t miss the boat! Tom’s Kitchen is open daily from 8am to 6pm with the rooftop bar serving from noon till late. Find it at The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2JH.