I’ve had several emails and tweets about tipping in London, so I thought I’d put a little post together for you lovely girls on how I usually add or don’t add to my bills…
Tipping in Restaurants
Usually when you dine out gratuity is included in the bill. This is almost always the case with fancy-pants restaurants, so usually you don’t have to worry about it because they have already included between 12-15% to your bill. Pubs and other casual restaurants (i.e. Pizza Express) usually don’t have the service included so in that case add on depending on the service. I know, it can usually be awful, so sometimes its hard to be generous….
Tipping in Taxis
There is no need to tip a taxi driver, unless he is especially nice and helps you with your pram, shopping bags, etc. However, I always just round up the fare to the closest pound. So if the cab is £5.70 I’ll give £6.00. I also generally give a little extra if it’s a long journey, i.e. Heathrow.
Tipping in Salons
Here’s one I get a lot. Ok, so for nail salons, it’s the same as the States. Give a few extra pounds to whoever scrubbed your tootsies and filed your fingers. Same goes for the guy/gal that washes your hair when you’re getting a haircut. Give a couple extra pounds to the poor starving assistant that is usually being verbally assaulted by your stylist. As far as the stylist goes, I usually leave a little extra in an envelope depending on how great my bouncy blow-dry came out.
Have any other tipping troubles? Feel free to comment! Have your own view? Always love those too.