One-Day dining etiquette course


The Ladies’ One-Day Dining Etiquette Course in London, UK, is designed to equip ladies with knowledge of the intricacies of British dining etiquette for both social and corporate situations. It covers both informal and formal occasions, from enjoying a simple supper in a local bistro, to attending a white tie gala dinner.

From making conversation to the correct handling of flatware, one of the toughest tasks is talking and eating with poise and finesse, especially with the opportunity for blunders around every corner. Emma will coach you step-by-step on everything you need to know, from arriving at the table and knowing where to place your bag, to navigating all the different pieces of cutlery, and of course what to do when something unexpected happens!

You will learn the vital responsibilities of both a host and a guest, giving you complete confidence to extend invitations to others in your social and business life, and of course the self-assurance to accept any future invitations.

The course begins within the private training room at The Emma Dupont School of Etiquette in Mayfair, London, where you will be given ample opportunity to learn all the rules, gain confidence, and ask questions without any fear of embarrassment or self-consciousness.

Once you are equipped with these new skills, and your new level of confidence, you will then be escorted by Emma to The Ritz Hotel, London, where you will enjoy a three-course luncheon* within the Michelin-starred restaurant. Emma will guide you as you put everything into practice, with the opportunity to ask questions throughout the meal in a luxurious and glamorous environment with other like-minded ladies.

You will also receive comprehensive notes for you to refer back to in the future.

In order to honour the Covid-19 social distancing guidelines from the UK Government there will be a maximum of five ladies attending, which ensures the course remains safe, and allows plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with our updated Terms & Conditions concerning the Covid-19 safety measures that we are taking along with our refund policy.

The scheduled course dates are detailed below; as places are limited early booking is recommended.

*Fixed price menu, non-alcoholic drinks included.

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subjects covered:


  • How an elegant woman dines
  • The different types of service
  • Chinaware, glassware and flatware
  • Linens & table decorations
  • Seating plans for formal & informal dining
  • How to hold flatware and glasses correctly
  • Napkin placement
  • The British place setting
  • How to eat tricky foods
  • What to do when things go wrong
  • Passing the port
  • Toasts
  • Tipping
  • Corporate entertaining


  • Hosting at home and at restaurants
  • Guest lists
  • Seating plans
  • Toasts
  • Speeches
  • Receiving lines
  • How to ensure a successful event
  • Corporate gift-giving

10.30 AM – 3.30 PM

friday 27 november 2020


‘I just took Emma’s class on English manners. It was outstanding. As I explained the notes that I took to my husband, his constant remark was “I didn’t know that” or, I will have to unlearn Paris manners.

We definitely have to unlearn some American Etiquette if we want to blend in, and that is just being respectful when you live in another country. Much of what we learned can be used for any country, which makes it so worthwhile.

Loved every minute, and she has a great sense of humor! Originally, I was a tiny bit hesitant about the price, but now that I know how valuable the information is, I told her I want to sign up for another class in the future.’ Lorraine 2018

‘It was such a wonderful experience over the past three days. I do believe that the course has not only taught me a lot about etiquette but also empowered me and changed my perspective to a great extent.

Thank you so much for organising the amazing course and being so supportive.’ Zoe, 2019