We saved hard for a trip to London so that we can treat ourselves to some fine dining experience here. We want to make sure we tip enough but will not be able to afford to tip excessively. As this will be our first time dining in these restaurants, would appreciate if anyone can give us some advice on tipping etiqutte at these places.
We will be having lunch at a Michelin star restaurant in London and this is our first time. The restaurant has a tipping advice that 12.5% will be added to the bill. Are we expected to leave additional tips above the 12.5% and if so, can anyone advise how much would be the right amount we should add to the tips. If we are paying by cash, do we hand the 12.5% that is added to the bill over to the wait staff or just pay the amount together with the bill? Do we have to tip the somelier or any other persons who may come by our table during the meal or the wait staff for taking our coats? We are really looking forward to our lunch and do not want to create any uncomfortable moments.
We have pre-paid for a pre-theatre dinner at the Ritz and have a voucher so we do not have to make any further payments at the restaurant. How much should we tip the waiter? Do we need to tip the man who takes our coat as well?
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.