When Do You Tip in London? | London Travel Tips | Love and London

  • Published on Aug 30, 2018
  • Let me explain London tipping culture. When do you tip in London? Americans, you'll find yourself tipping less than usual, and Europeans, you'll be tipping more. Find out if you need to tip at London restaurants, London hotels, when taking a taxi, and when at the pub. Most of these rules apply for the rest of the UK too.
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Comments • 68

  • nazifa hayat
    nazifa hayat 2 months ago

    Is it compulsory to tip in London? What if one doesn't. Are they looked up on differently?

    • nazifa hayat
      nazifa hayat Month ago

      +Love and London I just came back from London this morning, your videos helped me so much. Thank you 😊

    • Love and London
      Love and London  2 months ago +1

      In what scenario? I've covered a bunch in the video :)

  • me asyu
    me asyu 2 months ago

    Thank you very much for your perfect lesson of London tipping culture. In Japan we don’t have tipping culture so I’m very apologized to visit to London and using some restaurants. I’m very exiting 🥰

  • Diana Capellini
    Diana Capellini 2 months ago

    Do shops in London accept Euro?

  • Shanon Field
    Shanon Field 2 months ago

    I always remove service charge and give cash as a large # of restaurants keep service and dont give to staff or charge their staff an admin cost for it etc. Its BS so i always remove it. Plus im kiwi and i think its a joke they add it

  • K M S
    K M S 5 months ago

    What about for massages?

  • Crowley
    Crowley 7 months ago

    I’ve been to London in August and the only time I actually needed to put in a service charge was when I took an Uber to and from the Airport. There was always a service charge included when I ate Dinner but I always rounded up a bit (most times I had like a £11.30 bill so I rounded up to £12) because I didn’t want to carry around all the change 🙈
    I think I’m gonna do it the same way next year.

  • richard scales
    richard scales 8 months ago

    Should you to go a barbers then tipping a pound or two is courteous if you are pleased with the experience. (No, I'm not a barber)

  • Ectoid
    Ectoid 8 months ago

    I sometimes don't tip if I get bad service, I like to tell if the service sucked.

  • fabihaz1997
    fabihaz1997 8 months ago

    Hi Jess! Thank you for these videos, theyre so helpful! I wanted to know if it was customary to tip workers at a salon, for instance after you get your hair cut or colored? Thanks!

  • Tom H.
    Tom H. 8 months ago +1

    The first time I took a taxi in London (from Heathrow to Tite St in Chelsea) I tipped the driver about 15%. He counted the money, then handed my tip back and said something in his South African accent that I couldn't understand.

  • zak smith
    zak smith 8 months ago +1

    If it's raining or bellow 5deg c tipping food delivery people should be mandatory. Lol

  • Linh Nguyễn Hải
    Linh Nguyễn Hải 8 months ago

    I don't know whether the tip money belongs to server or restaurant(for instance ).

    • bigaspidistra
      bigaspidistra 6 months ago

      The restaurant should tell you their policy on tips on the menu - often in very small print. It may differ if you tip in cash or by card. However, service charges always go to the restaurant. If a service charge is 'voluntary' you don't pay tax on it though.

  • Brooke Ayton
    Brooke Ayton 8 months ago +5

    Tipping is so confusing for me as an Australian. I really don’t get it. Why did tipping originate?

    • Tom H.
      Tom H. 8 months ago

      999sian, I would tip the barber 15%. He knew I was from the States but he never told me that even when they tip hairstylists it's not that much.

    • 999sian
      999sian 8 months ago

      +Tom H. Their no tipping cultural in the UK

    • Tom H.
      Tom H. 8 months ago

      999sian, I just watched it. It makes the same claim of origin as the Mother Jones article.

    • 999sian
      999sian 8 months ago

      Thoughty2 did a great video about tipping.

    • Tom H.
      Tom H. 8 months ago

      Brooke, your question is harder to answer than expected. I googled it and can't find an authoritative answer. The American Labour magazine Mother Jones claims it started with the railroad industry's hiring of newly freed slaves in the 1870s who worked for tips alone.

  • Tequila D'killa
    Tequila D'killa 8 months ago

    Hi Jess,
    So, say I was staying near Highbury & Islington for a while. What's the best websites/way to explore restaurants and shops, to find the best ones ... other than just guessing or trying them all?
    Thanks for the great videos!

    • Tequila D'killa
      Tequila D'killa 8 months ago

      Thanks Jess!!!

    • Love and London
      Love and London  8 months ago

      Hi there, my guide The Local Guide to London has great recommendations for all of that stuff around London: loveandlondon.com/the-local-guide-to-london

  • TaliaTwist
    TaliaTwist 8 months ago

    Came from Joel & Lia! Great Explanation! I’ve been to the UK before but Im going to London soon and it will be my first time there :)

  • BB Joy
    BB Joy 8 months ago

    What about fast food shops? like those fish and chip shops where the chef is cooking in front of you?

  • Sandra Weilbrenner
    Sandra Weilbrenner 8 months ago

    The reason we tip in america is waiter staff make 3.25 an hour they rely on tips for a living. The better i tip the better service i have gotten. Once it was a $100 tip and i was treated like a king

    • Mirza Ahmed
      Mirza Ahmed 8 months ago +1

      Did you tip up front? Also waiters are supposed to serve customers equally, not based on how much they tipped.

  • John Airey
    John Airey 8 months ago

    I like what you're wearing because it's a great advert for London. Contrary to popular opinion it isn't always raining and damp here! Sometimes, it snows...

  • teknekon
    teknekon 8 months ago

    Thanks so much for the very helpful tips. No pun intended! Haha! It's very confusing for US travellers. I agree with your suggestions. Best to restrain from enthusiastic tipping. Most is handled by the establishment. As always you're awesome Jess! Love and cheers! 👍💗😘🇬🇧

    • Love and London
      Love and London  8 months ago

      Don't be silly :)

    • teknekon
      teknekon 8 months ago +1

      +Love and London you're welcome Jess! Sorry I haven't caught up with all your recent videos but I will. Your efforts are truly appreciated by so many of my friends. Great job! L&C 👌

    • Love and London
      Love and London  8 months ago +1

      Thanks Teknekon !!

  • Adam O
    Adam O 8 months ago +10

    Londoners also usually tip food delivery people if there's no delivery charge. Not mandatory but courteous.

    • Love and London
      Love and London  8 months ago

      Yep! Didn't think that was relevant to visitors so didn't include it.

  • Minhaj Nizam
    Minhaj Nizam 8 months ago

    I've always tipped a pound when I had a food delivery

  • Stephen Fletcher
    Stephen Fletcher 8 months ago +9

    Hi Jess, thanks for the great videos. I was born and raised in north London and I thought I knew London like the back of my hand but you have opened my eyes to quite a few things. Personally I don’t tip unless I get very good service as that is what I think tipping is for. Stephen

    • 999sian
      999sian 8 months ago +1

      I live in Oxfordshire and I never tip even when I go to London. Tipping is a harmful culture so I don't encourage it

    • Love and London
      Love and London  8 months ago

      Thanks Stephen.

  • Oded Gvaram
    Oded Gvaram 8 months ago +1

    Hey Jess, are you giving a tip to a pizza delivery in London?

  • hulda2002
    hulda2002 8 months ago

    Do you tip in places like Nando's and Tortilla ?
    Also good to check if a taxi driver takes card or cash only

  • Ryan Karpenko
    Ryan Karpenko 8 months ago

    Hey Jess, what about if you order food in a pub? You order at the bar but they would bring the food to your table, right? In which case, would you tip?

    • Ryan Karpenko
      Ryan Karpenko 8 months ago


    • Love and London
      Love and London  8 months ago

      I don't add tip but some pubs add service charge onto the bill, which again, is optional.

    • Ryan Karpenko
      Ryan Karpenko 8 months ago

      Thank you both!

    • Stephen Fletcher
      Stephen Fletcher 8 months ago +2

      I’m British too and wouldn’t tip for this service. It’s not expected either

    • Rebecca
      Rebecca 8 months ago +1

      Ryan Karpenko I’m British and I never tip for this service

  • cantrememberchit
    cantrememberchit 8 months ago +1

    Wait - Uber? I thought London blocked Uber? Any recommendations for day trips out of the city? I'll be there for a week and I think I'd like to get out for 1 day - maybe around a 1 hour train ride? I don't want to do a day tour to Oxford or Stonehenge or anything like that - just hit a small town somewhere for lunch. Brighton maybe?

    • John Airey
      John Airey 8 months ago

      Uber was judged to not be a "fit and proper" operator of a private car hire company. It is therefore not guaranteed to stay. It's on a very short leash.

    • Love and London
      Love and London  8 months ago

      Uber is here to stay. Here's my recommendations for day trips: loveandlondon.com/5-day-trips-to-take-while-visiting-london/

    • cantrememberchit
      cantrememberchit 8 months ago

      Good to know about Uber - I know public transport is pretty easy but just in case. Two hours might be a bit far but I'll definitely look into it. I grew up on the Atlantic but I live in the desert now so the water definitely appeals to me.

    • Rebecca
      Rebecca 8 months ago

      Hugh Tube yes perfect for people who like to run, like me! 2 hours isn’t all that bad though but the trains aren’t always great

    • Hugh Tube
      Hugh Tube 8 months ago +1

      +Rebecca I love Norwich, flat landscape and all! Forgot that it was two hours away, though.

  • Adore Endure
    Adore Endure 8 months ago +1

    Get one for yourself if the bartender is chatty! :-)

  • Roma Kregon
    Roma Kregon 8 months ago

    Thanks for the info!

  • Trip Hacks DC
    Trip Hacks DC 8 months ago +2

    I have noticed that some of the "free" tours have re-branded to something like "pay what you'd like" for exactly the reasons you described. If you stayed til the end and had a fun time you should definitely give your guide something!

  • Трошин Трошин
    Трошин Трошин 8 months ago +2

    You are perfect! Thanks for all your videos. Really. They are awesome!