London is a lively, exciting and bustling city. Most of the time this is a wonderful thing but there are times when we all want nothing more than to escape from the hustle and bustle. Here are five places that are great escapes when you need to take a moment to get your head together. 1. Greenwich Park: An oasis on the outskirts of the city. The park features impressive views towards the National Maritime Museum and breath taking views across the River Thames. In addition a bit of peace and quiet the park is also home to the Royal Observatory. The Royal Observatory is the home of the Prime Meridian and GMT, otherwise known as Greenwich Mean Time. A must for any family as the children will be sure to study about this building in school. 2. St James's Park: Perhaps there is no greater place to experience the major contrast between the city and the calmness of a park. St James's Park & The Green Park lying to the East of Buckingham Palace and you would be hard pressed to remember that the busy roads are but a few feet away. The park, which was acquired by King Henry VIII at the same time as Hyde Park, has a special feeling due to being set against the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and overlooking the River Thames. 3. Brompton Cemetery: The Brompton Cemetery opened in 1837 and since then about 200,000 people have been buried within the cemetery. Included in those numbers a famous people and war heroes and the normal soldiers of many wars. Until 1997 it was also the resting place of Native American Sioux Indian Chief, Long Wolf, who died in London in 1892 while on tour with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. In 1997 his body was returned to South Dakota. Amongst the more modern famous inhabitants are race car pioneer Percy Lambert, singer and operetta composer Richard Tauber and suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst. 4. St Martin-in-the-Fields: Located in the heart of the chaos that is Trafalgar Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields is one of London's most loved churches. The church strives to have an open door policy that not only allows it to be sanctuary of faith but also from the hectic world outside.The choice of what to do once inside. Options range from a meal in the crypt restaurant, an evening classical music concert, browsing through the art gallery or simply sitting in peace. 5. Somerset House: The main feature of this beautiful building has to be its courtyard. Travelers of all ages will find it a pleasure to spend some time in its confines. During the summer months the main features of the courtyard are the orchestrated water jets the shoot up from granite flagstones. In the evenings the fountains as illuminated to create an even more beautiful setting. In the winter months the fountains are replaced by an outdoor ice skating rink which has quickly become a London favourite. Also, over the past few summers there have been open air concerts held where the skating rink is in the winter. Some big acts have played in the small and unique venue making for some special shows.