Holiday Inspiration

The world’s best cityscape views

By Susan Ward Davies

The Shard, London

Twice as high as any other viewing platform in the UK’s capital, the View from the Shard gives you the most vertigo-inducing vistas of the city. The tallest building in Western Europe, it is open until 10pm - so take our tip and go at night for the most dramatic city scape,. theviewfromtheshard.com

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

With a skybridge at 170m above the ground, you’ll need a stiff drink before crossing between Kuala Lumpur’s twin towers. For a less scary option, head to the observation deck on level 86 . petronastwintowers.com.my

Rockefeller Centre, New York

Most people head up the Empire State Building, but it is so much better to climb the Rock and then you get to see it. With 360º views, the Top of the Rock Observation Deck is the most spectacular way to observe NYC. rockefellercenter.com

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

As the tallest building in the world, there is no better way to see the sights of Dubai than from level 124 of Burj Khalifa. 26,000 glass panels mean you won’t miss a thing. burjkhalifa.ae

Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai

Remember the Shanghai views in Skyfall? Well the (world’s highest) observatory on the 100th floor of the SWFC does it better.. swfc-shanghai.com

Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney

The Skywalk at the Sydney Tower Eye is only for the brave: if you can bear to look, with the glass floor platform you’ll get a fantastic bird’s eye view of Australia’s biggest city. sydneytowereye.com/au

Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo

350 metres above the ground is the Tembo Deck of this 634m tall structure. With a 360º vista of Japan’s capital city, the sight will leave you speechless. tokyo-skytree.jp

CN Tower, Toronto

Book dinner at 360 The Restaurant for a fabulous revolving view of Toronto. The tower also boasts the world’s highest wine cellar if you fancy sharing a bottle at 351m above ground level. cntower.ca

Photo: Tokyo Skytree - © Yasufumi-NishiJNTO

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