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A Proper Butler Uniform

Butler uniform in the media and real life In the media you often see a butler dressed very conservatively and formally; usually consisting of a waistcoat, grey or grey striped trousers, a white shirt with a «Windsor» cut, and a black or grey tie. The point is to be formal …

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How to store and prepare Habanos for your principal

Together with watches, jewellery, cars and many other valuable collector’s items, cigars are also to be considered a delicate item, a result of a unique craftsmanship that requires great care. Before talking about storage, I think it is essential to quickly explain the anatomy of a cigar. Cigars are usually …

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Butler Duties: Packing Your Principal’s Suitcase

Maintenance and logistics on clothing and outwear is a classic task in the daily life of being a Butler. All clothes are unique. Cotton, silk, wool and others must be treated differently. It is recommended to note down all specifications before packing; dry-cleaning, washing and company care instructions. Remember that …

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Watch Maintenance For Butlers

The Butler is often THE contact person or liaison when it comes to household maintenance and control. A maintenance manual should be readily available, either inside the main household manual or as its own separate manual. Repairs, faults and a general maintenance log should be a natural part of such …

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Martini: The Cocktail Of All Cocktails

Let there be no doubt, the «Dry Martini» cocktail is the mother of all cocktails, it is the ultimate aperitif: classy, and the cocktail that separates good bartenders and Butlers from the rest – It is the cocktail of all cocktails. Learning the fabulous art of mixing cocktails is an …

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How Private staff help prepare the household for Christmas

Doing Christmas the UK way: how do multicultural household staff coordinate and incorporate traditions to lay on an authentic and professional British experience? Most international clients living in the UK use the Christmas break to travel and thus private staff are busy in the run up to the festive season planning flights, …

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Serving & Silver Service

Serving and silver Service is one of the main tasks of a Butler, in privacy for the principal, whether on a dinner-party or on a Royal gathering. Serving and silver service is the primary task for the professional Butler, and it is crucial to be a perfectionist. Cocktail receptions, Guest-lists, …

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Security Awareness for Household Personnel

How many times throughout history has an entire army successfully protected their ruler from repeated assassinations, attacks from foreign armies and attempted coups, only to allow their leader to be killed by a close and trusted aide? When a decision is made to provide security for a principal, (regardless of …

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Southwest France Wines – The Eclectic Bunch

France, it is well-known, is a wine-producing country and within there are well-defined production areas. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Alsace, The Rhône, the Loire, Languedoc could all be found on a map by most wine-lovers but asking them to find the Southwest and its extent, would produce some mixed results. The …

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Butler & Household Manager Training Path Choices

Training at the front end of any career, and ongoing until the day we retire, at least, is a given for butlers and household or estate(s) managers today. In the old days, the only training route was on-the-job training and apprenticeship that was hands-on heavy, light on theory, and limited …

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