When should I tip?

Tipping doesn’t come naturally for the British. It’s not really part of the culture in the UK so people don’t often know how much to tip. Most of the time they ask each other stuff like when should I tip? because the social rules aren’t all that clear. That’s something we aim to sort out.

When there’s no need to tip

There’s no need to tip the driver of a taxi but it’s nice to round up the fare to the nearest pound. If your driver helps with your luggage when taking you to the airport or train station, you might want give him something for his trouble. If so, we’d recommend around 10% of the fare price as a decent tip. Takeaway food places are another service that doesn’t need tipping. You may want to give something to a delivery person, especially if they’ve had trouble finding your place but that’s not necessary under the current social climate. You wouldn’t tip in a fast food place but the waitress in a café might do a good enough job to warrant a tip. Again, it’s not strictly necessary but it’s a nice thing to do. In a franchised place like Starbucks the rules of a fast food place apply and there’s no need to tip (although you could put some change into the tips jar on the counter when you pay).

Where you should tip in the UK

Restaurants are the most obvious example of places where tips are commonplace and therefore expected. If you visit a restaurant that asks you to pay at the counter, you probably won’t need to tip but when you receive your bill at your table, you really should give a 10% tip. Tips in fine restaurants where you are served each course are expected. To not leave a tip would be to suggest that the service was not up to standard. Again, 10% of the overall charge is the standard rate. In a hotel you should tip the porter for bringing your bags up to the room. Around £2 would be fine for most hotels in the UK.

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