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Tipping in London?

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Tipping in London?

Is there a tipping policy or expectation in London? Restaurants, Taxi, Hotel staff? Thanks.

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Hampshire, England.
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Oh no, a tipping question..........I wonder how many pages this will go on for??


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Take the exorbitant US levels and divide by four. Over-tipping doesn't gain friendship or respect (but people will take it if you want to throw your money away)

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Yay - popcorn. And it comes in so many flavours these days.

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my tip ?

do not ask this question

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Give what you want to

It's your holiday

It's your money

Many places charge 12.5% service charge on what is already a very expensive experience

So add whatever you want, add as much as makes you feel good about yourself

Why perpetuate the master/servant relationship

Many restaurants don't pass on the service charge

The service charge is discretionary

The waiters don't pay tax on their tips, but many do

Tipping keeps wages in hospitality low

If the service us exceptional then always tip

Why tip for someone just bringing you a plate

We don't tip shop assistants why tip waiters

We tip just to stop us feeling guilty

Round up to nearest pound for cab drivers

Tip concierge for getting you those impossible to get hot tickets

Tip the maid every day



That must have saved at least a dozen posts.

Seriously do what you feel at the time

Edited: 04 September 2013, 13:20
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Briefly, 10 percent approx in restaurants unless service is already on the bill. In other situations people may accept a tip ( or may refuse it) but will not expect it.

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Leuca - you missed the obligatory pony legal advice re 'contract law'.

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10. Re: Tipping in London?

No policy

No expectation

No need