Course summary

Our private in-person afternoon tea etiquette training provides a unique experience for those seeking one-to-one learning with an expert tutor.

While enjoying a classic, traditional afternoon tea, you will learn the history and in-depth etiquette of this British tradition. Your tutor will combine discreet demonstration and fun practical leaning with interesting tuition and relaxed conversation.

We have curated a selection of some of Central London’s finest tea salons*, allowing you choose one most suited to your preferred style for your course.

*We offer a selection of tea salons to suit all budgets.


Course information




From £695

Subject to venue choice and tutor

  • Full formal afternoon tea
  • Soft drinks, tea or coffee
  • Printed or digital certificate available upon request

Why choose private afternoon tea etiquette training?

This private afternoon tea etiquette training course in London offers a dedicated learning experience, bringing the unique expertise of our tutors to the opulence of London’s finest tea salons.

This course is perfect for anyone visiting London and looking to enhance their travelling experience, as well as those seeking in-depth etiquette knowledge of traditional afternoon tea.

You will learn about the real history and origins of afternoon tea; how to brew, steep and serve tea; tea accompaniments (milk, lemon, sugar and honey); how to hold your teacup and saucer; the etiquette of finger sandwiches, scones and cake; perfect posture for the tea table; correct cutlery usage for afternoon tea.

On booking, we’ll ask for your motivations and goals to ensure that we tailor the course correctly for you and, during the session, your tutor will work closely with you to provide bespoke and tailored tuition. We will also check for any dietary requirements in advance.

This option suits those who want a personal touch and the flexibility to choose a time and date that suits their schedule. It is also best for those who wish to learn privately, rather than in a group masterclass environment, and who prefer in-person rather than online or group online teaching.

Available tutors

For private in-person afternoon tea etiquette training, the choice is yours...

Investment may vary subject to tutor choice.

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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.

Diana Mather

A former BBC newsreader, Diana has decades of first-rate communication and presentation skills. In the mid-eighties, Diana moved from a successful career in broadcasting to begin training in personal brand and media skills.

Having joined The English Manner in 2011, Diana works globally with a range of our clients including members of parliament, lawyers and television and radio presenters.  She is the author of eleven books, including four children’s books.

Steven Moore

Steven is a well-known and respected voice on tableware and its history, as well as a proven creative force in their contemporary manufacture, design, marketing and retail. Steven has worked as an antiques dealer, auctioneer and museum curator and is a published author and writer for magazines such as Country Life, Gardens Illustrated, and World of Interiors.

He is best known for his appearances on the BBC’s antiques programming, particularly Antiques Roadshow, where he has been a regular expert since 2003, and Antiques Roadtrip, since 2019.

Ziying Zhou, Etiquette Tutor

Ziying Zhou

Ziying joined The English Manner in 2024 and specialises in business etiquette, cross-cultural communication, and real-world corporate practices. She brings her broad experience from her decade-long investment banking and corporate banking career across the UK and UAE.

Originally from China, Ziying holds three degrees from leading British institutions, including a master’s degree from Imperial College London. She also served at the United Nations office in Vienna.

Your choice of tea salon

Each with different qualities and a different overall investment

The Ritz afternoon tea

The Ritz, Mayfair

Tea at The Ritz is famous worldwide, and this iconic tea salon offers the best of British tradition and excellent cuisine. The Palm Court’s gilded, ornamental decor provides a truly lavish backdrop, and tea is accompanied by live piano background music. Tea here is a formal affair, and is available between 11.30am–7.30pm. Please note that jeans and sportswear are not permitted, and gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie.

Fortnum and Mason

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon offers the perfect quintessentially British ambiance. Stylish decor is punctuated by Fortnum’s famous bright blue-green signature eau de nil, and natural light floods this fourth floor tea salon. With a formal yet relaxed feel, enjoy a traditional tea and be sure to indulge in their iconic patisseries and cakes. Tea is available between 11am–6pm.

the wolseley afternoon tea

The Wolseley, Piccadilly

The Wolseley is a London’s institution, with a distinctly British yet grand European feel. Enjoy afternoon tea within the impressive and imposing art deco interiors, boasting marble pillars, moulded archways and a distinctive geometric floor. Offering a vibrant, relaxed atmosphere, this is best suited to those seeking a less formal yet excellent afternoon tea experience. Tea is available between 3–6.30pm.

I wanted to make sure I had the tutor's full attention so chose a private session to make sure I could finesse my dining etiquette while enjoying afternoon tea. It was a brilliant and tasty afternoon. William was very funny and I learnt so much from him. I left both full of knowledge and cake!

— Laura, February 2024

Afternoon Tea Etiquette and History describes this course perfectly! It's very well thought out and organised in a manner that was easy to follow.

— Sherri H

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