Tipping in Britain
Tipping is not expected in Britain the way it is in some other countries. Workers don't officially have to rely on their tips to live and all staff in the UK must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. Employers are also banned from topping up wages with tips from customers. Although it's not necessary to tip, it's always greatly appreciated and will be greeted with that endearing British politeness.
Tipping taxi drivers
In Britain it is quite normal to tip taxi drivers and it's customary to round the total fare up to the nearest pound. If you choose to tip your taxi driver because they help you with your luggage or have delivered excellent service, a 10-15 per cent tip is a nice gesture.
Tipping when you order food
Although you don't need to tip a delivery person when they drop off your food, an extra pound or two will always be appreciated. If you're in a restaurant a service charge is sometimes added to your total bill, which you are expected to pay. If nothing is added and you are happy with the service you've received, a tip of around 10-15 per cent is standard. Many restaurants automatically add a service charge to the bill, so do check before leaving a tip.
Tipping while staying at a hotel
If a porter takes luggage to your room for you, it is customary to tip them approximately £2. If you decide to order room service you can leave a tip at your own discretion.
Tipping when you receive a service
If you get a haircut while in the UK it's polite to tip the hairdresser approximately 10 per cent. If a junior member of staff washes your hair it's nice to give them a couple of pounds too. If you are in any doubt approximately 10 per cent for any good service you receive, will always be appreciated in Britain.