Sometimes, we all just crave a quick 15-minute break from our hectic day.
Maybe it's just a quick walk in a park, a five-minute break sipping on a coffee or a mini mooch around a quirky shop.
Here in west London, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to days out or when looking for a café for a break.
And don't we all love to tell our friends "actually, I know this little place..."?
So here is a round-up of some of the places we think you will love just to give you a helping hand.
BUT! We want to hear from YOU. What are your little joyful retreats? Let us know your suggestions in the comments section below.
Perfect for a pit stop
The Rusty Bike Café is located in the heart of Uxbridge in Rockingham Parade, the little brother of Recycle-a-Bike which used to be located on the High Street.
A cyclists heaven, here you can grab anything from an espresso to a glorious plum muffin, providing you with much needed energy to keep you going on the rest of your journey.
Of course, this park based café it is not just for bike enthusiasts, it is open to everyone and offers a quirky interior and atmosphere to enjoy a short break away from your hectic day or is perfect for a relax in the quiet park on a lovely summer's day.
Fassnidge Park, Rockingham Parade, Uxbridge, London UB8 2UW
A breath of fresh air
Just a short walk from Twickenham High Street, a beautiful park and house lies hidden on the banks of the River Thames, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the London streets.
Discover the beauty of York House Gardens, which are home to the beautiful Naked Ladies statue and water cascade.
If you have more than just a few minutes to discover the gardens, you could extend your trip into a stroll along The Thames to Richmond, taking in the beautiful sites of Ham House from across the river.
Sion Rd, Twickenham TW1 3DD
One for the cake lovers
If there is an event coming up, you can guarantee Outsider Tart has a treat to mark the occasion, from Valentine's Day to Pancake Day to spooky treats for Halloween.
This American bakery is not just the go to place for cakes though, you can also dig into brunch, although, with a brownie choice list as long as your arm, you may find it hard to leave without dessert!
83 Chiswick High Road, London W4 2EF
Looking for a unique piece of clothing?
If you are looking for a quirky item to complete your outfit, this could be the place for you.
Nestled in the heart of Notting Hill, Appletree Boutique is your destination for vintage inspired styles, eye-catching clothing and accessories.
127 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2DY
Everyone loves pizza, right?
If you are looking for a pizza which ticks all the boxes, look no further.
Santa Maria serves traditional Neapolitan pizza, which they say is exactly the same pizza you can enjoy on the streets of Naples.
With toppings from smoked mozzarella and rare breed Yorkshire sausage to buffalo mozerella, mushrooms and truffle oil, it is certainly one not to miss.
15 St Mary's Rd, Ealing, London W5 5RA
Discover wildlife in London
Sometimes life in the London fast lane can take over, so make sure you take some time out and enjoy the quieter spots in the capital.
Ten Acre Wood in Hillingdon is an area of traditional countryside which was planted in the late 19th century and features an array of wildlife from mammals to birds including kestrels, buzzards and king fishers.
So get the binoculars out and spend a few hours bird watching.
Charville Lane, Hillingdon, London, UB4 8PA
Great for a tipple
As one of London's oldest pubs, this 16th century inn prides itself as a country pub in the city, with a massive beer garden for the summer months and roaring fires to warm you up on a chilly day in winter.
From the menu you can choose anything from a Sunday roast to a traditional pub meal of fish and chips or a pie.
It will certainly be our destination for a pint when the sun comes out!
Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, Greater London, NW3 7JJ
So then, what are your little joyful retreats? Let us know your suggestions in the comments section below. Or... you can get in touch via Twitter, drop us a comment or message on Facebook or email email@example.com.
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