5 Reasons Why the English National Opera is the Perfect Sober Girl Activity

5 Reasons Why the English National Opera is the Perfect Sober Girl Activity

This week, team SGS headed down to the London Coliseum to see a production of The Magic Flute at the English National Opera (ENO) and here are 5 reasons why we think that swapping cocktails for a night out at the opera is the best decision you’ll make all year!

The alcohol-free options

Who says sober nights have to be bland? At the London Coliseum you can indulge in a variety of alcohol-free options that are anything but boring. From the refreshing beers of Days Brewing to the zesty flavours of Something and Nothing Sodas, there's no shortage of delicious beverages to tickle your taste buds. And let's not forget the classic Shirley ginger mocktails—perfect for toasting to a night of culture without the hangover.

It’s healthy escapism

Ever find yourself battling cravings or overwhelmed by a busy mind? The opera provides the perfect escape. With captivating performances and immersive storytelling, it's like pressing pause on the chaos of everyday life. Instead of reaching for that tempting glass of white or dwelling on stress, you can lose yourself in the enchanting world of the opera, where the only thing on your mind is the unfolding drama on stage. 

Making memories – not mistakes!

The ENO isn't just another night out; it's a memory-making extravaganza. From the moment you step into the opulent theatre to the final curtain call, it all feels very exciting! Plus, there are plenty of photo opps from the backdrop of the grand stage to the grand entrance of the London Coliseum.

It's mentally stimulating

Opera isn't just entertainment; it's like a puzzle for your brain. As the curtains rise, you're not just watching a performance—you're embarking on a journey of intellectual discovery that demands your full attention. All this brainpower is a fantastic distraction from any lingering thoughts of alcohol. Instead of reaching for a drink, you're fully engrossed in the drama unfolding before you, too captivated by the artistry on stage to even consider a trip to the bar.

It's actually very affordable

Contrary to popular belief, attending the opera doesn't have to break the bank. Tickets are surprisingly affordable, starting from just £10 for everyone. Plus, with initiatives like the free tickets for Under 21s scheme, and the Under 35s ticket scheme offering substantial discounts for those under 35, the opera is more accessible than ever before. And here's the best part—there's no dress code! Feel free to come as you are, whether you're dressed to the nines or keeping it casual. The ENO welcomes all, regardless of attire, ensuring that everyone can enjoy a night of culture and entertainment without any barriers. So, grab your ticket, dress however you please, and get ready for an evening of opera magic! 

This current 2023/24 Season is coming to an end with The Magic Flute on 30 March,
however, the new season will be announced very soon on 15th May and will go on sale shortly after the announcement. For more sober night out/experience ideas, keep an eye on the ENO’s social media channels and their website for the exciting 2024/25 opera season at ENO.

This blog post has been sponsored by the English National Opera

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