Course summary

Join William Hanson and Jo Bryant in the elegant private dining room at the iconic Fortnum & Mason for this exclusive afternoon tea course.

Your tutors will guide you through tea history, customs and etiquette while you enjoy one of London’s best traditional afternoon teas.

Includes a traditional afternoon tea, tea/coffee and filtered water. Further drinks are an additional investment on the day. All dietary requirements can be catered for with sufficient notice.


Course information


9th November 2024

3.30 - 5.30pm


Fortnum & Mason
181 Piccadilly
St James’s

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All taxes including VAT included

  • Tuition
  • Traditional afternoon tea
  • Soft drinks
  • Printed certificate

Three reasons to register

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Laugh and learn

This masterclass is ideal for those who wish to enjoy a relaxed, informal learning experience, meet like-minded people from all over the world, and be entertained by the tutors.

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Enjoy delicious food and drink

The course is held in a private dining room in one of Britain’s best tea venues – Fortnum & Mason. Investment includes a full traditional afternoon tea.

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The course includes a printed A4 certificate of attendance. Upon registration, participants can choose to have a digital certificate as well, which is issued shortly after the course ends.

What you'll learn

Learn the colourful history and customs of tea, cakes, scones and sandwiches in the most stylish of settings.

Afternoon tea can be a manners minefield, but after this most elegant and educational of experiences you’ll know all the answers and never worry again.

As you relax in refined splendour in one of central London’s best tea salons, Fortnum & Mason, you will hear the tinkling notes of a grand piano underscoring your tutor’s extensive knowledge as they guide you through the quirky nuances of English tea etiquette.

  • The real history and origins of afternoon tea
  • The rhythm and pace of Western dining
  • How to brew, steep and serve tea, English-style
  • Tea accompaniments: milk, lemon, sugar and honey
  • How to hold your teacup and saucer
  • The etiquette of finger sandwiches, scones and cake
  • Correct posture for the tea table
  • Conversational skills for afternoon tea

Course tutors

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William Hanson

William joined The English Manner in 2008 before taking ownership in 2019.  He is widely regarded as the freshest and most trusted authority on etiquette and civility, with his relative youth and old-fashioned values making him an arbiter of modern manners.

Based in London, William’s work sees him teach in the UK and all over the world, including in Europe, America, China, south-east Asia and GCC countries. He is a trusted advisor and trainer to many official households, embassies, businesses and academic institutes.

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Jo Bryant

Described by The Telegraph as ‘the empress of etiquette’, Jo joined The English Manner in 2019 from Debrett’s, where she spent over a decade as a tutor and the editor of more than fifteen acclaimed books on etiquette and modern manners.

Jo has worked with leading restaurant and hospitality groups, luxury retail brands, top concierge agencies and exclusive education specialists, along with private clients from all over the world.


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Join us for tea, cake and informative conversation. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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