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Tipping in London

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Tipping in London

Hi, wonder any of you tip the concierge at the hotel?

If yes, roughly how much.


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11. Re: Tipping in London

I tipped someone in a pub for the first time ever yesterday !

It was actually the manageress of my favourite Irish pub in Liverpool city centre. The pub was absolutely heaving and the kind lady, who recognised me from previous visits, served me and my friend before the 20+ people in front of of me ! ;-p

I never stay in hotels with a concierge, but if I did I wouldn't tip them. And I definately never tip taxi drivers. They've already just ripped me off, so they aren't getting any more money off me ! ;-)

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12. Re: Tipping in London

It can offend. You are creating artificial price inflation and an expectation of a tip. In tough economic times locals could do without tourists ignoring local customs and tipping regardless, YOU ARE doing harm

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Tipping is not expected in UK, partly traditions, partly due to a min wage. Why should a factory/shop worker who earns min wag(around £6.20) tip a waitress for doing the job she is paid to do, she will also earn £6.20 at least. Who goes into Asda and says to check out staff "thanks for putting shopping through tills, spotting my eggs cracked, helping me pack and be friendly, ok I just spent £100 on shopping here's a tip of £10"

Now in the UK we often offer people to "keep the change" , i.e. taxi costs £8, driver is friendly,you have a tenner note to him and say "keep the change mate" use in hair dressers pub etc.

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I'd rather somebody didn't tip me than ask 'do I tip you?' I mean, how embarrassing is that! Nobody should really reply with just a 'Yes' because after all they don't have to, at which point the person says 'OK' and puts their wallet away. So what was the point?!

If you wish to tip, do so because you want to, rather than you think it's the expected thing to do. I wouldn't have a clue about concierges. A couple of quid?

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I agree, the asking approach would be mortifying. I have actually had a tip refused because I misjudged the situation, and I'm not sure which of us was more embarrassed. I have also had a cab driver telling me I had tipped too much when I told him to keep the change. There are no rules about it , but tipping isn't uncommon.

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ZZoee, in the US at least, it is expected to tip the hair washer.

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17. Re: Tipping in London

I just run across this the other day on page 7 of the Welcome to London Visitor Guide which can be found at this site (tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/visitor-guide.pdf) the following statement:


If you’ve received good service,

whether in a restaurant, café or

hotel, it is quite normal to leave a

tip of 10% of the total bill.

Seems an official tfl website is promoting tipping.

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18. Re: Tipping in London

Well I have seen many different responses to tipping questions but I have never come across anyone saying that they ask if they should tip if they are unsure before. How insulting is that!

I don't tip anyone but am known to say keep the change with a taxi driver if it just amounts to a few coins.

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20. Re: Tipping in London

Thanks for that, mcotocdg (hope I got the spelling right ... that's a tough one). I think I will go with 10%. If it offends anyone, they can throw the money in the rubbish bin.

GEJP, I truly do not understand why you say tipping does harm to anyone. (??)

Over here, 15-20% is standard in restaurants. Taxi's, not so much. Concierges, it depends on the level of service, as someone else mentioned earlier.