Shoot 175 metres straight up the side of one of the city’s tallest towers in less than 30 seconds to the 38th, 39th and 40th floors home to two of London’s hottest restaurants (Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle). The views of the City’s rapidly expanding collection of skyscrapers, Spitalfields Market and the West End are most impressive when lit up at night.
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A 58-second ride from the tower’s base to its observation deck offers unparalleled views of downtown Toronto through floor-to-ceiling glass walls and transparent floor panels. Then there’s the EdgeWalk: a 30-minute outdoor stroll around the circumference of the roof (harness included). If that’s not enough altitude, take the SkyPod elevator – it ascends another 33 storeys!
The Maritime Museum of B.C.
Setting foot inside this museum elevator feels like going back in time: The historic lift, with its gold exterior and blue grillwork, is the oldest operating birdcage elevator in North America. Judging from the smooth ascent over three floors, it’s aging gracefully, but keep your eyes peeled: Rumour has it that the building, a former provincial law court and the site of many executions, has its share of spirited guests.
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The five glass elevators that rise along the tower behind the historic facade of the Westin St. Francis, situated in downtown San Francisco, shoot hotel guests up a whopping 32 floors at over 300 metres per minute. (A note for shutterbugs: 30 seconds into the ride is the prime time for a panoramic snapshot of Union Square.)