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Tipping in London

Dreaming of a London vacation filled with hopping in classic taxis, dining on delicious cuisines and crashing at hip pads? All of these sound great but what do you tip your English hosts when you are visiting? We have the full guide on who and how much to tip plus some great places to check out in London.

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When your traveling the UK, a couple of tipping procedures come into play. In some cases service fees are included on the bill. However, in situations where you are receiving amazing service, it’s important to tip accordingly. Here’s a quick guide on tipping etiquette when in London.

Currency: Pound Sterling

Taxi  10% of the final fare £1 to £2 if you are helped with your
bags.
Hotel  Housekeeper: Typically not tipped. 
Bellhop: £1 to £2 per bag
Concierge: £10 to £15 to help with reservation and tours
Restaurants  12 to 15% of the final bill, always tip in cash
Tours 10 to 15% of the final cost of the tour

Taxi

Taxi drivers normally expect around 10% of the total fare as a tip. If the driver is helpful with your bags tipping £1 to £2 a bag is common.

Hotel

The Bellman can be tipped £1 to £2 for helping with your bags.

Housekeeping is not generally tipped as service fees are included in your final bill. However if you do so, it would be appreciated.

If the Concierge is helpful, booking reservations and such. You can tip them £10 to £15 for their services.

Posh Pads:  
Fox and Anchor is a 4-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Farringdon. Close to the Smithfield Market and a two-minute walk to Barbican Centre. Each room has its own personality with lavish touches. Trendy artwork and furnishings like copper bathtubs and kitschy wallpaper are a couple of things to look forward to at Fox and Anchor. The Fox and Anchor Pub located just next store offers a traditional Sunday Roast, a selection of fine wines and beautiful cocktails. Fox and Anchor end up being the perfect base for exploring everything London has to offer.

Georgian House Hotel lies on the picturesque streets of Pimlico. Georgian House combines elegance with Victorian charm. Each room is different and features contemporary design as well as incorporating historic elements. Another cool perk Georgian House offers are their Wizard Chambers. These rooms will transport you into a world of marvel and magic. Venture behind a concealed bookcase where the Wizard Chambers are located. These rooms feature a Gothic feel with stained glass, stone walls, and four post beds. Even a delicious Full English Breakfast is included with your stay.

Georgian House London
The Georgian House mixes history with contemporary designs all blended perfectly in this 150 year old hotel.

Restaurants  

Tipping in restaurants can differ depending on the establishment. In some cases a service fee is included on the bill and you are free to tip more if you wish. If service is not included you can tip 12 to 15% of the final bill. The service fee is not always clear so feel free to ask if the service was included. Make sure to always tip in cash.

Divine Dining:

Duck and Waffle is located on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate in London. This restaurant offers you breathtaking views of the city. The decor features modern influences like stainless steel and frosted glass as well as old world weathered wood and marble. Duck and Waffle takes traditional British Cuisine and puts a playful spin on it. Focusing on rustic, local and seasonal ingredients. Many entrees are served for the table to share. Mouth watering dishes like the Oven Baked Cod served with rainbow chard, summer peas and beans topped with mint oil are staples.

Duck and Waffle
Duck and Waffle is a local and tourist favorite in London.

Tour

For Tour Guides you can tip 10 to 15% of the final cost of the tour. If you are in a group tipping £2 to £5 per single person or £1 to £2 a person for a larger group.

Terrifying Tours:
Jack the Ripper the Tour provides a spooky look at London. This tour compares the London of years gone to the modern London we know today. The tour takes you on the trails police officers followed and gives you a glance into the lives of Ripper’s unfortunate victims. Guides are very knowledgeable and this tour is not for the faint of heart.

Jack the ripper tour
A historical yet nail-biting tour takes you though the dark alleys where Jack The Ripper would find his victims.

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