When you may want to add more
In Iceland, just like much of Europe, tipping is neither required nor expected in most situations. “Restaurants will often include a service charge of around 10 per cent on bills which alleviates the necessity to tip—but feel free to leave 10-15 per cent if you had great service,” says Jessica Bisesto, senior editor at TravelPirates. Taxi drivers, hairdressers, and tour guides include fees with prices that cover their services.
While a tip isn’t always necessary in London, the practice is gaining a following. “It is customary to leave 10-15 per cent of the bill when eating out. However, restaurants often add on a customary service charge, usually 12.5 per cent, especially if you’re eating out with a large group,” says Tristan Seymour, Managing Director for Lodging-World. Make sure you check your bill before tipping, if the service charge is included in the total, then you don’t need to leave a tip (unless you want to tip twice!). For black cabs and licensed minicabs, it is polite to tip 10-15 per cent of the fare. “If you’ve had a longer journey and the taxi driver was very helpful (assisted you with luggage, for example), you may wish to tip more. Most people simply round the total fare up to the nearest £ and tell the driver to keep the change,” says Seymour.