William Hanson - The UK's leading etiquette coach & expert
Etiquette Coach and Expert

Social Etiquette

Polish your politeness and learn how to shine with confidence in any social situation with this private one-day course in social civility.


Social Etiquette

course outline

Polish your politesse and swot up on the rules of civility with this one-day crash-course in etiquette and social graces.

William will coach you through the essential rules of correct behaviour and demonstrate how 'old fashioned' values and customs can be adapted and are still relevant to the modern world.

You will be taught how to make a good, lasting impression in social settings, as well as nurture friendships with civility, charm and poise.

In this one-to-one coaching session, William will guide you through the plethora of rules and nuances of Western and British etiquette as well as the logic and history behind essential customs.

Topics listed below.


Investment upon application. Group and couple rates available.

Investment includes tuition, morning and afternoon refreshments and all UK taxes including VAT.

Venue: The Royal Society of The Arts, London.

When: to suit your schedule.

Course Partners

William was extremely easy to work with, witty and professional throughout my social etiquette course.
— Maryam, November 2018

Course topics

  • Sitting straight

  • Standing tall

  • Carriage and gait

  • Making an entrance

  • Leaving a good impression

  • Understanding every-day body language signals

  • Decoding dress codes

  • How not to look out of place

  • Town vs country

  • Business attire

  • The silent class indicators of dress

  • ...and more.

  • Handshakes, kisses and hugs: how and when to greet

  • Meeting and greeting people from other cultures

  • Introducing yourself and others

  • Use of first names

  • Small talk that doesn't involve the weather

  • Mannerly mingling

  • Elegant place settings

  • The geography of the dining table

  • Timekeeping and timescales

  • Menus for all occasions and fussy eaters

  • The politics of seating plans

  • Sending and replying to invitations

  • Houseguests

  • How and when to write a charming thank you letter