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Tom Aikens to open Muse in December

Muse, Tom Aikens’ new restaurant space, a cosy 25-cover renovated mews house in London's Belgravia, will open in December.

Muse will provide a unique and intimate dining journey, offering each and every guest a kitchen table experience from either the kitchen counter or table side.

The culmination of many years spent searching for the perfect location, Aiken has finally found his new home. Muse looks set to be the pinnacle of Aiken’s career thus far, where the food, interiors and service will come together to provide a magical and memorable atmosphere for all who dine there.

This restaurant is very close to Aiken’s heart, drawing on pivotal relationships, experiences and influences which have led him to this point in his life. Aiken will be drawing inspiration from poignant memories of his early childhood and professional path throughout the years, when creating the seasonal, stripped-back tasting menu.

Signature dishes will spotlight one key ingredient or element per dish, allowing it to tell a story through minimal, yet expertly selected produce.

The dining space will be split over two floors of the characterful mews house, each with a fully open plan theatre kitchen giving everyone a chance to see Aiken and his kitchen team orchestrate truly special moments. Designer Rebecca Korner has created the inviting, luxurious interior, combining an eclectic mix of furniture and lighting with exquisite fabrics, decadently rich woods and jewel-toned marbles.

On the inspiration behind the opening of Muse, Aikens said, “Throughout my life, I have been inspired and influenced by many different people, places, time and travels.

'From my mother, Tania, who opened my eyes to the infinite pleasures and absolute delights that food can bring – like the very first time I tasted a warm, juicy strawberry or a crisp, sweet pea-pod plucked straight from the ground – to all of those who have guided and supported me throughout my journey, from my initial steps into a kitchen to where I am today.

'I still carry with me an inherent pride of my Norfolk provenance, alongside the many places that were considered a home-from-home in those early years.'

Aikens continued, “That’s why my new home, Muse, pays homage to all of these and more. To the big and the small things that have had the greatest impact on my life, inside and outside of the kitchen, and that to this day mean the most to me.

'Welcome to Muse, where you can enjoy a carefully considered and totally personal collection of my fondest food stories and memories. Where each and every guest is warmly greeted to get a first-hand look into my life of inspirations and influences.”

(image credit: Brodie Williams)