London is a bustling city, full of frenetic noise and activity, which can make it tricky to find time for yourself. Having some ‘me time’ is important for your general well-being, so here are some top tips for the best places to relax in the capital.

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London boasts many beautiful green spaces, and taking a book, a blanket and a picnic along to one of the city’s parks is a great way to spend an afternoon free from stress. Visit the sprawling 183-acre Greenwich Park for fantastic views of the city in a historical setting, or head to Hackney to London Fields to mingle with the capital’s trendiest residents.

Just keep an eye on the weather: when the sun comes out, Londoners habitually make a beeline for the nearest green spot, so you might need to get there early to stake your claim on a gorgeous patch of grass to stretch out on.

There are many museums and galleries in the capital, and you can’t do better than spending a few hours wandering around one getting lost in the exhibits. A little contemplation and quiet is a nice way to unwind, and there’s something to interest everyone, with the borough of Kensington being a particular cultural hotspot. Head to Kensington for the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum – fascinating places for a family day out.

There are plenty of markets to explore as well, if you find that browsing for a bargain helps you to relax. Enjoy a spot of retail therapy in Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, which have excellent antique and vintage clothes selections. Alternatively, try Covent Garden for a more eclectic mix of novelties and gifts: you can sample some excellent street food while you’re shopping from the open air food stalls.

For more tips on how to relax in London, check out In the Know, a partnership between the Telegraph and American Express designed to share insider knowledge about London’s hidden gems. For all those impromptu purchases that put the spring back in your step, apply for an American Express credit card online, and earn exclusive membership reward points while you shop.

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