Apologies, but all reservations for the extravagant £600 Christmas lunch at the Ritz have been fully booked for several months.

How about taking it easy this Christmas and letting someone else do the cooking and going out for lunch? The number of Britons choosing to eat out on the big day has increased by more than 250% over the past 15 years, according to research by the restaurant booking site OpenTable.

The most likely group to dine out on Christmas Day are wealthy individuals, who also spend the most money. All of London’s most high-end restaurants are fully booked for lunch on December 25th, even with prices as high as £600 per person. Some hotels have even transformed function rooms into additional dining areas to try and meet the demand.

Lunch at The Ritz was fully booked months in advance, so even if you are prepared to spend a large amount of money, those without reservations will not be able to enjoy their “truly traditional and delectable six-course lunch, meticulously crafted by our esteemed executive chef, John Williams MBE”.

In addition to the turkey, the £600-per-person meal for adults (£310 for children 15 and under) includes live entertainment featuring a concert pianist, live singer, a “dynamic jazz-style quartet”, and of course, a special appearance from Father Christmas himself, complete with gifts for each child, creating unforgettable memories.

The hotel has installed almost 100 Christmas trees, with a 25-foot fir in its Louis XVI lobby, personally chosen by their in-house florist. It took seven hours to decorate it with cherubim, luxurious presents, model deer, and Ritz teapots. Overall, there are more than 10,000 decorations and 6,500 lights.

Diners must adhere to a dress code in order to be served. The dress code states that gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie, while jeans and sportswear are not permitted for both men and women.

If you’re concerned about getting too merry at lunch and think it’s a good idea to stay overnight, there are only two rooms available on December 25th, with the cheaper option costing £5,500.

Andrew Love, a senior adviser to The Ritz, previously mentioned that some prestigious British families “take over full suites of rooms”. He stated, “The truth is you have got families whose great-grandfather has been coming to the hotel since 1906. And the great-great-grandchildren still stay here.”

Claridge’s Christmas lunch, priced at £495 per person, is extremely popular this year, causing the hotel to convert two additional rooms into overflow seating for the day. A total of 342 guests can choose between turkey, Wessex county beef wellington, seared Cornish turbot, or celeriac and black truffle risotto. Guests will be served in the Claridge’s restaurant and the foyer, and due to high demand, the French salon/drawing room will also be set up for lunch.

For those looking for something less traditional but still quite expensive, Canton Blue, a new Cantonese restaurant at the Peninsula London hotel overlooking Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, offers an eight-course menu, including peking duck wraps, for £265.

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