Tipping has become increasingly widespread in all areas of the service industry, particularly in restaurants, cafes, bars and taxis worldwide.
The UK is no different, but knowing when to tip and how much can be confusing.
See below for some tipping guidelines when visiting Britain:
In British restaurants where you place your order with a waiter or waitress at your table, it is common to tip around 10%.
This can be done by either leaving a cash tip after paying the bill or adding an amount to your total bill if paying by credit card.
In some restaurants, a service charge of 10% – 12.5% is added to the bill, and this should be noted clearly on the menu.
Do not leave a tip if you are not happy with the service.
Cafes and Coffee Shops
Similar to a restaurant, if you receive waitress service in a British cafe or coffee shop at your table, a tip of 10% would be appropriate.
In coffee shops, such as Starbucks or Costa, there may be a tip jar on the counter, but very few customers offer tips as you usually collect your own order.
In cafes, where you collect your food, place it on a tray and pay at the end counter, there is no need for a tip.
Bars and Pubs
You do not usually tip barmaids or bartenders in British pubs and bars.
However, you can offer to buy them a drink if you have had great service or are on friendly terms.
Generally though, tips are not expected.
It is not a requirement to tip in taxis, but most people round up the fare to the nearest £1 as a polite gesture.
If a minicab driver helps with your luggage on a longer journey or from an airport, you may want to tip a little more.
If taking a black cab or licensed minicab in London, a 10% tip is the average amount, although not a requirement.
When picking up food from a British takeaway restaurant, tipping is not required.
If your food is delivered to your hotel or apartment, although not required, tipping the delivery driver with the change or £1 would be a polite gesture.
In Britain, if a porter takes your bags to your room, a £2 cash tip is reasonable.
Tipping for food and drinks being brought to your room is at your discretion.
Again, leaving a tip for your chambermaid is at your discretion, but not a requirement.
Coach Tours and Guides
Tips are not included in the price of most tours.
However, it is customary to show gratitude to your tour director and driver for a satisfactory service.
CIE Tours recommend below the minimum amount Per person per day:
Driver/Guide (1 person crew) £5
Tour Director (part of 2 person crew) £3
Driver (part of 2 person crew) £3
Guide for walking or city tour £1
Driver for chauffeur vehicle £12