Tipping Guide London
Londoners don’t tip as much as Americans, but more than Asian cultures. Many people say that tipping makes Britons uncomfortable. So that you are comfortable with the rules, here is a quick London tipping guide:
You will find a 15% service charge on many restaurant bills. Obviously, you are not expected to tip on top of this. If the bill does not include service, a 10 – 15% tip is expected. You are not supposed to tip in a pub and that goes for food, too.
The rule is straightforward : don’t tip in a pub. If you are particularly impressed by a member of staff, offer to get him/her a drink. If the offer is accepted, it is usually half a pint to be drunk later.
A 10% tip is appreciated.
10 – 15% is expected, especially if an assistant washed your hair. If the owner of the salon washed and cut/colored your hair, however, you are not expected to tip.
If a hotel or apartment building door attendant helps you with your bags, a £1 tip is appreciated.
If you feel that your cleaner or concierge went above the call of duty, feel free to tip this person around Christmas-time. It is not expected but it is always welcome. Two other categories will expect a tip at the end-of-the year, that’s your local rubbish collectors and the milk-man; it varies from one household to another, the range is between £5 and £10.