Retailer Acceptance

The following table is up to date to the best of my knowledge and ability.

If you think something in the table is incorrect, or have details of a national retailer that isn't on the list, please let me know via Twitter (@contactlesslife) or the Contact page on this site.

In theory Apple Pay should be accepted at all retailers that accept contactless, and this seems to be the case for Mastercard and Visa cards, however American Express cards are currently experiencing issues with Apple Pay in certain retailers (hence the existence of the "Amex Apple Pay" column).  I have a blog post coming soon covering the issues with American Express Apple Pay in the UK.

Retailer Accepts Cards Contactless/ Apple Pay Apple Pay > £30 Accepts Amex Amex Contactless Amex Apple Pay Notes
Aldi ?
Apple
Arcadia Group Includes Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Topman, Topshop, Wallis, and Outfit.
Argos
Asda
Blacks iPP350 Contactless Readers, but these are not enabled
Blue Inc. ????
Boots You must state that you wish to pay with contactless. Many reports that Boots is having difficulty with Amex Contactless and Apple Pay at the moment.
BP ?Contactless reader on right side of terminal - easy with card or Apple Watch, but more tricky with phone
Burger & Lobster ???
Burger King ?Amex not accepted in all locations due to franchise model. Where Amex accepted and Contactless installed, Amex works with Apple Pay
Café Rouge
Caffè Nero ?
Carluccio’s ?
Center Parcs ?
Cineworld
Clintons
Co-op Food
Costa Applies to all Costa-owned stores. Some franchies may not have all features.
Costco Debit cards ONLY, plus American Express
Debenhams
Disney Store
EAT. ?
Ed’s Easy Diner
Extra Motorway Services Applies to all stores within the service station area.
Farmfoods
Five Guys
Game
Giraffe Amex Apple Pay does not work over £30
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) ?
Greggs ?
H&M ?They do have contactless readers, but they wouldn’t recognise my Apple Watch or iPhone 6 Plus - they just did nothing. Cahier said they were temperamental.
Hobbycraft ?
Holland & Barrat Contactless readers installed. Activation in 2016.
Hotel Chocolat Some recent issues reported with Amex contactless and Apple Pay.
Hungry Horse
Iceland
IKEA ?
iZettle Contactless Pro Amex contactless and Apple Pay support is coming in the coming weeks. No date announced yet.
iZettle Lite
JD Sport ?????‘Coming Soon’ on Apple Pay UK website. Unclear on current availability.
Jo Malone
John Lewis
Jollyes Pet Stores ?Only stores with new tills that have standalone card machines accept Amex Contactless/Apple Pay.
Karen Millen
KFC ?
Lidl ?
Lush
M&S
M6 Toll ?Contactless Visa PayWave and MasterCard PayPass work, but M6 Toll say NOT via Apple Pay. Mixed reports.
McDonalds ?
MooBoo ?
Morrisons ?Mixed reports about Amex Apple Pay
Moss Bros. ????
Mothercare ELC
Moto Services Tested in Blyth Services, but believed to be all.
Nando’s Some stores awaiting contactless readers, but this is a minority. Most stores updated for high value now.
New Look
Next
Patisserie Valerie ?Need to explicitly ask to pay with contactless. Amex acceptance down to franchise holder, but where Amex is accepted Apple Pay/Contactless works too.
Paul ?
Pets at Home ?
Post Office ?Many isses with Amex Contactless and Apple Pay have been reported, and this seems to vary on a branch to branch basis.
Poundland Contactless in some newer stores only. Those that have contactless accept Contactless Amex and Apple Pay too.
Poundstretcher
Pret a Manger
Primark
Ryman
Scotrail Ticket Office
Smyths Toys
Spar ?Amex not accepted in all locations due to franchise model. Amex Apple Pay works where Amex is accepted
Sports Direct
Starbucks ?
Subway ?Amex not accepted in all locations due to franchise model. Amex Apple Pay works where Amex is accepted
Superdrug ?
Tesco ?Contactless not available outside London. Mixed reports about Amex Apple Pay
TfL ?
Thorntons ?
Tinderbox ?
TK Maxx
Tossed ?
Toys R Us
Wagamama ?Confirmation of contactless credit/debit card use, though Wagamama claim they only accept Apple Pay, NOT regular contactless.
Waitrose
Waterstones Hardware is contactless ready, but not enabled yet. Cashier said this should be happening very soon.
Wetherspoons
WH Smith ?
Wilko ?
Yo! Sushi ?