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

The Art of the Table

This two-hour private course gives participants the knowledge, rules and tools of the dining table.


The Art Of the Table

course outline

In this short but informative hands-on course, participants learn the rules, customs and backstory to the tools of the table and their correct usage and placement.

Using the finest of English-made china and silverware, William demystifies and explains how to turn your dining tables from drab to fab - all within the boundaries of good taste and correct etiquette.

Topics listed below.


Two hour training.

Investment upon application. Group and couple rates available.

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

Venue: The Royal Society of The Arts, London.

When: to suit your schedule.

Course Partners

Setting the table used to be such a chore but now I know the rules, history and logic behind place settings I relish the chance to set an elegant table.
— Priya, December 2018

Course topics

  • Tools of the table (silverware, china, glass and linens)

  • Sizes and shapes of tableware through time

  • The rules of table settings - how to elegantly follow them and break them with style

  • Informal vs formal table settings

  • Cultural differences in table settings

  • Correct storage, handling and care of silver, china and glass