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From apple crumble with pink grapefruit jelly and earl grey custard to shortbread with dark chocolate and mandarin sorbet – a pastry chef at Aqua Shard spends their days (and nights) creating beautiful contemporary British desserts up on the 31st floor of The Shard.
Since last November, Matteo Gherbin and his team of seven have been working round the clock to make those desserts – and those adorable mini-shards in the afternoon teas – look as good as they taste before zipping home on the night tube. Here’s a peek inside his London-by-night working life.