Great Britain: Always check whether tipping is necessary

At many restaurants and nearly all cafés and pubs, a tip isn’t customary. Unlike in North America, where food servers and bartenders make most of their income through gratuities, workers in England get an hourly wage. Many upscale or international restaurants and large hotels (particularly those belonging to chains) will automatically add a 10%–15% service charge to your bill—so check before you hand out extra money.