I need to install piping for hot and cold water, do you suggest plastic or metal pipes?
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TLDR: copper pipe with compression fittings.
In the UK, your choices, in approximate order of decreasing compactness and decreasing skill required, include
However, if you already have copper pipe, I would use compression fittings and copper pipe (if you have space) to maintain earth continuity. You probably need to add equipotential bonding where the pipes join the taps.
Plastic pipe is easier but, in my experience, the couplings are more bulky than even compression fittings and this can make a significant difference to the end result (e.g. being able to fit joints within existing space).
Plastic pipe connectors usually have to match to plastic pipe type. Some plastic push-fit connectors (but not all) can be used to join copper pipe to plastic.
Plastic pipes can be bent, but I've had nearby push-fit joints leak, so it may be best not to rely on the flexibility too much.
The disadvantage of soldering is that you have to make sure the pipework is empty and dry, even a small amount of water several inches away can make it impossible to raise the temperature of the joint high enough for solder to flow.
So really it depends on how handy you are with a blowtorch.
I like copper. I disagree with RedGrittyBrick partially on the compression fittings.
Soldering copper pipe is pretty easy. For a complete beginner, there are even joint pieces (elbows and collars) that come pre-loaded with solder:
You simply heat the pipe (not the joint) until the solder melts.
However, soldering brass fixtures to copper is something I've never been able to master.
As far as drainage goes, stick with ABS (Rigid black plastic).