"Tipping" London Local Custom Tip by Dabs
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Americans are accustomed to tipping for just about everything so we're always perplexed when we travel to Europe where tipping isn't as expected as the US and certain not in as large of a percentage.
In restaurants, it's becoming more common to see a discretionary service charge of 10-12.5% on the bill, if you see that then you are obviously not expected to tip more and if service is lousy you can remove the charge. If no service charge is listed, most guides suggest 10% of the bill. Resist the urge to tip more heavily unless someone does something extraordinary for you, restaurant staff are more fairly compensated in London than they are in the US and we shouldn't be forcing our culture on other cultures.
Beyond that, it's hard to get a consensus, one source will say that you don't normally tip in pubs, another source will say that if you want to tip tell the bar staff to "have one on you". One source will say it's not required to tip in taxis, another source will say 10-15% is expected.
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