William Hanson

The Executive Director and owner of The English Manner William Hanson is widely regarded as the UK’s most trusted authority on etiquette and civility. His youth and old-fashioned values make him the arbiter of modern manners.

Based in central London, William teaches in the UK and all over the world, including in Europe, America, China, south-east Asia, GCC countries, and Russia. He is a trusted advisor to many private households, embassies and high commissions, businesses, cultural organisations and schools alike.

William is the author of the best-selling, irreverent and indispensable manual of modern-day social mobility, The Bluffer’s Guide to Etiquette, its recent follow-up The Bluffer’s Guide to Entertaining and co-author of Protocol to Manage Relationships Today, published in 2020 by Amsterdam University Press.

A regular contributor to global media as an etiquette expert and social commentator, William believes good manners and etiquette are based on common sense and should be universal.

William strives to integrate manners and etiquette with modern life, helping people become more aware of, and sensitive to, the ways in which we conduct our lives. In 2017 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and holds two Guinness World Records for etiquette.