TIPPING IN RESTAURANTS
We don’t tip in Britain. Get over it. There is a reason there is no place to leave a ‘gratuity’ on credit card bills or your server tells you not to bother. In the UK service workers are paid full wages unlike restaurant waiters in North America. I should know; I was a waiter! Tipping can be severely counterproductive here. Also, if you do tip, especially by card, the tip is kept by the owners! The staff will never see that. There are also a lot of establishments that put a 10-15% ‘Service’ charge on already. So you could end up ‘tipping’ the owners twice! Do not do it. If you really feel the need, slip 5-10% in cash DISCRETELY to the server. By the way, don’t expect good or fast service. Welcome to queuing.