Money Matters, London
When eating out check your bill to see if the establishment has added a service charge. If it is not clear from the bill whether this has been done then ask. If they have added a service charge do not feel obliged to add a separate tip. A favourite ploy is to add a service charge and then, if you are paying by credit card, leave the total amount empty. If you don't realise you may add some more to the total for yet another tip.
Some establishments are just greedy and will try anything, epecially in tourist areas where they are not too concerned about repeat trade.
I had a rather unpleasant experience at a burger establishment in Soho. They included service in my bill so I didn't leave anything else. As I left a volley of obscene verbal abuse followed me out the door. Nice. As if a tenner is not enough for a cheeseburger and chips.
Don't tip the barman when ordering a pint of beer! It would give you immediately away being a stranger. However, should you get executed like Queen Anne Boleyn, it is according to custom to distribute a few pounds between the executioner and his assistants (could anything be more bizarre and gruesome than the act of tipping the headsman?).
Be very careful when using ATMs in busy areas (especially Oxford Street). Make sure NO_ONE can see you enter your pin no. A new scam is someone watches you and just at the right time (when your card is about to be returned) they will ask you if that is your £10.00 note on the floor. While you are distracted an accomplice takes the card which the machine has just returned. All over before you notice anything. DO NOT LET ANYONE DISTRACT YOU WHILST YOU ARE USING THE MACHINE!!
Bring lots and lots of these! London is very expensive! and remember the UK will not be switching to the Euro in January 2002, although many places will accept them, but the exchange rate will not be very good, use Sterling or credit cards for best rates!
If you need to change money during bank working time, no problem, any Bureau de Change can do it for you and the rates are nearly the same, but at weekends and after banks close, they drop dramatically the rates, so plan the amount of English pounds you need, you can use Euro anyway.
You see this boys hunging around all calm and innocent just asking if you got a spare cigarette boss .
Keep on walking do not pause unless you are big and strong and a fool.
English currency - sterling- is pretty expensive, when you see a low price first try to realize, how much does it cost in your country currency...
My brother lives in an apartment in front of this house.. His apartment cost him 520 POUNDS PER WEEK!! Imagine a house???
The point is: this place is way too expensive for nothing..