So you've decided to come to London. Great decision. Now, where should you stay? There are so many options in this vast, fascinating metropolis that it can be confusing for the first-time visitor. Don't worry, we're here to help.
First there's the question of cost. There's no doubt that this great city can also be an expensive destination, so consider all types of places to stay. If you're on a tight budget, the cheaper hotels in the more unlikely locations - close to Kings Cross Station, for example - are worth taking a look at. Hostels offer great value and there's a wide variety in London to suit all tastes. You could also choose a London bed and breakfast. That way, you'll be staying somewhere intimate with hosts who know their way around - and you won't be paying for hotel extras that you may not want. Whatever your choice, booking as far as possible in advance is advisable - and remember always to be on the lookout for special deals.
Our second tip is to focus your search on one area. London's a big place. Where you wake up and go home to at night will make a big difference to your stay. Do you want to go out late? What sort of cafes would you like to have breakfast in? Take a look at our neighbourhood guide to decide which part of London matches the person you are: