I managed to get 2 for 1 tickets for the opening night of La Boheme at the Coliseum. So for £15 each Emma and I had a great experience watching the English National Opera (ENO) stage this production.
I had signed up for the ENO emails to get this offer – they have lots of offers for those who haven’t seen opera before and for students, under 30’s etc – check out their website for details
So given that our seats were so cheap (admittedly they were in the balcony at the top of the theatre!) we decided to splash out on a nice pre-theatre dinner.
The Coliseum is on St Martin’s Lane so we went to the Asia de Cuba restaurant inside the St Martin’s hotel. Their pre-theatre menu was £22 for 2 courses or £27 for 3 courses. Whilst they are tasty the portions are controlled so we easily managed to fit all 3 in!
Desert! The Cuban Opera on the left and the Mexican doughnuts in the right. Not sure about the Mexican-ness of it, but both were good.
I would definitely recommend both Asia de Cuba for a nice meal – the pre theatre deal is especially good value for money – and the ENO for first time opera goers.
Roman touches about the auditorium.
The theatre its self is very grand with high ceilings even in the top rows. The best seats in the balcony are NOT the front row – there is very little legroom and the bar that stops people toppling over restricts the view – so go for seats in row C backwards!
- one of the best seats in the house (worth £99)
- a pre-performance talk about the production
- an outline of the opera’s story in advance
- a complimentary Sipsmith and Fever-Tree gin and tonic at a post-show party with the cast
- a discount for future ENO performances
Emma Moore says
Lovely food – delicate flavours. My first night at the opera, and I was hooked – better pack more tissues next time…
I completely agree Emma! Not all operas are that tragic though!