I've never used Uber in London and will need to transfer from LHR to SW1. Is it customary to tip the Uber driver?
I will interpret your question as "is it normal practice to tip an Uber driver in London?"---otherwise it would be off topic as opinion-based.
No, it is not expected to tip Uber drivers.
It is also not expected to tip other kinds of taxi drivers in London, except that you might round up to the nearest convenient change if paying in cash.
Your Uber driver will be quite happy to be doing an LHR to SW1 transfer as it is.
As others have said, there is no need.
But I'd like to point you to something else. Don't use an Uber from LHR. It is just going to cause you hassle.
Use the tube to get to SW1, Picadilly line till South Kensington and then District line for 2 stops to take you to the middle of SW1.
If your thought of taking an uber was because you'll have a lot of luggage, us ea service like airportr to bring it to your address, it'll be cheaper than the taxi and less faff, especially with a lot of luggage.
If time is at a premium, the fastest way would be Heathrow express to Paddington and then a taxi / uber or tube.
First trains leave around 5 am so even the first arrivals are no problem.
Seriously, don't drive from Heathrow into central London.
From the drivers perspective, Uber's policy on tipping is the following:
- If someone wants to tip the driver, the driver has to say "It is not necessary to tip the driver when using Uber"
- If the person insists on the tip, the driver can accept it
Any driver I met would first say no to a tip, but then they would accept if I insist. I only do that if the service is really good.
In general we tip when we get a good service; if a waitress served us well then we tip her. So why we don't do that for Uber drivers?
Well, simple answer: You can tip him, it will not cause any harm.
From a Uber forum: You cannot tip from the app but you can give me him cash.
Also, there is this link about drivers who added a sign for tips.