London – the greatest city in the world? It's certainly Britain's biggest attraction and best city-break destination, guaranteed to give you a buzz whether you're visiting for the first or fiftieth time. Its sites and attractions are world-famous – from Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Soho and the arty South Bank to the edgier, hipster neighbourhoods like Shoreditch, Stoke Newington and Camden Town – and the only thing you can be certain of is that you're never going to see it all, however long you stay. Accommodation is as varied as the city itself, whether you're looking for a boutique city-centre hotel, funky neighbourhood B&B, backpacker hostel or budget family room, and while prices can be high – it's one of the world's most expensive cities – there are real bargains to be had, especially if you book well in advance and avoid the peak holiday seasons in summer, school holidays and at Christmas/New Year. Our Cool Places in London are a great place to start, and if you don't know the city well then take a look at the Cool Places London neighbourhood guides – you'll be searching out all the hottest places like a local in no time!