Tipping in United Kingdom


Tips seem required everywhere you go but sometimes you don’t know where and how much you are supposed to give after having a real good meal.

What is the origin of the word “tip” with reference to gratuity?

In the past, this word was a verb meaning “to give” or “to hand over” and thanks to different eras we can find out several theories regarding its origins.

First theory: Through the feudal times, lords gave some “tips” to peasants they encountered along the way.

Second theory: Some people believe that this word came from the 16th-century Roman Empire which was an acronym and meant “to insure promptitude”

Third theory: Derived from thieves’ slang which meant “to give/to pass along”

Nowadays, things are different and we know that tips are a sum of money which is given to some workers for a service performed or anticipated. Nevertheless when you travel around the world, its particularity differs from country to country. For example, in United States and Canada, the culture for tipping is very present once the service is not included as standard on the bills.

In London, is highly appreciated to round up at the nearest pound through a taxi trip and if you have felt the service pleasant in restaurant, you are allowed to leave a tip although it is considered uncommon.

It happens because in London the service may be added to the bill, usually 10% – not more than that. So is always advised to double check your bills wherever you go.

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