What’s on: 2-4 June

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If you are already feeling nostalgic about the last Bank Holiday, we can reassure that you have not one, but three reasons to cheer up: it’s finally June, the next bank holiday is scheduled for August and we have a new list of things for you to do in London and Nottingham and the services to get you there!

So….what’s on this week-end?

Let’s start with London!


FIELD DAY 2017, June 3,  Victoria Park

FIELD DAY, the annual music festival taking place in Victoria Park ( Tower Hamlets, East London ) is back, with a stellar line-up……including the U.S hip-hop supergroup Run the Jewels, fellow American and hip-hop artists Death Grips , musician Flying Lotus and the Irish-born British electronic music composer Aphex Twin. If you want to begin your June in a fantastic way and enjoying great live music this coming week end….this is your spot!

Click here for more information and here to book your tickets.


Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 2-4 June, Stoke Newington ( Various locations )

The East London literary Festival is back in Stoke Newington with its ‘cargo’ of debates, movie screenings and satire shows ( most of the events are free, but there are also ticketed events, all priced below a tenner ). This might be the perfect event for your week end the neighbourhood ranked 5th  as place to be in London ( in a 14 long list) and best area for shopping by Time Out London .

For more information: http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com.


Carnaby Street Eat, June 3, Carnaby Street

A free event with food to taste and live music to delight your ears with….how good does that sounds? Well, we are not talking about an imaginary experience, this is the Carnaby Street Eat! You will only need to take the Tube to Oxford Circus and walk to Carnaby Street and then you will have the chance to taste and enjoy dishes and cocktails ( £ 5 taster dishes ) from the 30 cafes, bars and restaurants that are participating to the event….and by the way, the entry is free!

For more information: https://www.carnaby.co.uk/news-and-events/save-the-date-carnaby-street-eat-2017/


Noshville, 2-3 June, Granary Square, King’s Cross

When live music meets street food, the alchemy is a great one! Noshville is a free event, with live music and street food brought together by the collaboration between the Maverick Street Festival and KERB Food. A mix of different Americana tastes, music , drinks and games are waiting for you this week-end in King’s Cross…and this is also a free entry event!

For more information: http://www.kerbfood.com/noshville-2017/

In Nottingham, we recommend the All-Star Stand-Up Tour 2017 at the Nottingham Playhouse on Sunday the 4th of June ( for more info: http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/comedy/the-all-star-stand-up-tour-2017/), dancing riddims and visuals at the Market Bar in Nottingham organised by TRPHSE,  Silver Lining ( you may book your tickets here ) and….last but not least, the family-friendly Autokarna & Crowd Pullers Motor Show ( for more info: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/events-markets-parks-and-museums/events-in-nottingham/autokarna-4-june/ ).

As for every other week-end, you have the choice of events, we run the coaches….so you only have to book your tickets, relax and enjoy your week-end!

What’s on: 26-29 May

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June is around the corner, sun’s out and May’s second bank holiday has finally arrived. We have eight trips running between Friday and Saturday , four trips between Sunday the 28th and Monday the 29th ( two from Nottingham to London and two from London to Nottingham), so we got you covered!

We have created a list of events for you in order to make sure that you might enjoy the best activities and events, in London and Nottingham both and make the best out of this second Bank Holiday weekend.

Let’s start with London.


Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera ( Summer Launch Party)  – 25-27th of May

Beats, bars and beach life are coming to East London with the Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera ( 288 Old Street )  and will stay there until the end of August kicking back every Thursday, Friday and Saturday…and this week end it is time for the Launch party! With dj sets, food, drinks, an escape room and an urban beach you might feel ( almost ) like if you do not need to book that flight for Ibiza!

For more information:



Picasso: Minotaurs & Matadors- Gagosian Gallery

Bulls, matadors and minotaurs were fundamental in Pablo Picasso’s artwork. An exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery ( 6 -24 Britannia Street ) is exploring this theme and the work of one of the greatest artists of all times. As Picasso was born in Malaga, Andalucia, a visit at the exhibition might be a good way to start your ‘ journey ‘ to Andalucia, before moving to the Feria de Londres.

For more information: http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/picasso-minotaurs-and-matadors–april-28-2017
Feria de Londres – 27-28th of May, Pottersfield Park

Are you hungry for tapas and Tortilla de Patatas, thirsty for Spanish beer and wine and thrilled by flamenco performances? If the answer is yes, then this is your lucky week end as the Feria de Londres will take place at the Potters Field Park, under Tower Bridge. During these two days you will have a chance to virtually ‘travel’ to Andalucia and enjoy its cuisine, traditions and tastes…and by the way, it’s a free event.

For more information: http://www.feriadelondres.com/index.html


Chelsea in Bloom- Until the 27th of May

If you take a stroll in the elegant Chelsea this week end you will have a chance to lose yourself in a floral safari. All that you will need to do is to get on the Tube to Sloane Square and then just wander around one of the most pleasant and stylish sides of London.

For more information: http://www.chelseainbloom.co.uk/


And what’s in store for you in Nottingham?

Simple Minds will be playing in Nottingham on the 26th of May at Royal Concert Hall, where pop-star Adam Ant will be on stage on the following evening.


Additionally, the Walton Hotel will open its gates to the public for its terrace opening party on Saturday the 27th of May ( free entry ) from 12 to 10 p.m!


So…it’s time for you to book your tickets and enjoy the Bank Holiday week- end!


Interview: 10 Questions With Rob, Sn-ap’s Co-Founder

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  1. What’s your role at Sn-ap?

I would call myself Thomas’s “co-founder”. But, having said that, the bright idea was his! I am acting as the Operations Director, but will become Chairman when we recruit a full time and experienced Operations Director from the coach/bus industry.


  1. What does that look like on a daily basis?

As acting Operations Director, meeting with our existing suppliers (or partners as I prefer to call them) at all levels including owners, MDs, supervisors and drivers – all of whom have a critical role to play.

Also, looking around for new partners to enable us to serve new geographic markets.

As Chairman, in addition to chairing Board meetings, I will be actively engaging with key stakeholders affecting all aspects of our current business and our growth areas.


  1. Have you always worked in travel/tech, or do you have a different background?

I have worked in transport – in three different continents – all my working life.


  1. What’s been your worst ever experience on public transport?

Taking my wife and children to Scotland and, having told them not to worry about the train times as I was a ‘professional’, then having to stand on Tamworth platform and watch the train pass through at 100mph as I had mis-read the timetable.


  1. What’s your favourite piece of tech (can be a device, an app, literally anything) and how has it made a difference to your life?

Given that I am a bit of a caffeine addict and nearly always on the move, I love my portable coffee mug/cafetière. It’s a technology I understand!


  1. What’s the best thing about working at Sn-ap?

The buzz which comes from contributing to a fun, high energy, committed, intelligent and innovative team, whilst at the same time, providing a really useful service to customers.


  1. Sn-ap is about on-demand travel, giving customers the power to decide where they go and when. What would be your ideal Sn-ap journey, and who with?

From my remote water mill on Dartmoor to anywhere on the south west coast. With my wife – of course.


  1. What’s the best snap decision you’ve ever made?

To fly to Singapore to be at my parents’ golden wedding anniversary.


  1. What’s been your funniest moment at Sn-ap?

The funniest moments are simply not repeatable! The least funny moments are, without doubt, listening to Marcus Standish’s absolutely awful puns!


  1. Since we’re moving round the corner to a pizza place… what’s your favourite kind of pizza?

My favourite pizza is “liver” – but only in the context of this sketch which is top notch humour:





What’s On: 19th-21st May

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The week end is upon us. We have collected some interesting things to do in Nottingham and London from May 19 to the 21st.

Let’s start with the options for London.


Pink Floyd: Their mortal remains – Open until October 2017

The first international Pink Floyd retrospective has opened recently at the V & A Museum and this might just be the good week-end for an audio-visual journey through the music, design and history of one of the most important bands of the last century, heralds of the prog-psychedelic rock alongside fellow Britons King Crimson. You may book your tickets here and have a look here at the exhibition section on the V & A website.



SicilyFEST – Sat 20- Sun 21

Are you hungry for Sicilian food and interested in a journey in Southern Italy? Well, you won’t need to book a ticket for Palermo this week end, as PopUpMarketSicily will return to Bishops Square ( closest tube station: Liverpool Street ) for the third edition of SicilyFEST. Bishops Square will be transformed into an authentic Sicilian street market and you will have the chance to lose yourself between stalls of handmade jewellery and accessories, delicious food ( cannoli, arancini etc.) but also photographic exhibitions and finally, a treat for the kids, with a performance of the Sicilian Marionettes and Puppets Theater ( Opera dei Pupi). Free entry.

For more info: http://www.spitalfields.co.uk/event/sicilyfest/


Urban Village Fete – Sun 21

If you like to spend a good day outdoors, you may enjoy your Sunday in Greenwich surrounded by street food, workshops, designer market stalls and more. The Urban Fete starts at 12.00 and the entry is…free!

For more info: http://weareurbanvillage.co.uk/


Inner Temple Dog Show – Sun 21

If you like dogs and parades, the Inner Temple Dog Show might be the event for you this Sunday. Between waggiest tale competitions and the best floral outfit show there will be many ways to celebrate the bond between gardener and dog.

For more info: https://www.innertemple.org.uk/index/the-inner-temple-garden/the-inner-temple-dog-show-returns



This week end in Nottingham you might enjoy the premier ‘Not for profit’ charity fundraising boutique music festival , Nearstock https://deerstock.co.uk/ ( entry £5, running from Sunday 21) , enjoy the concert of the Clone Roses on Saturday at the Rescue Rooms ( http://www.rescuerooms.com/gig-guide/1904/the-clone-roses) and/or the gig of the hip-hop artist Akua Naru on Sunday 21st at the Saltbox.  

Interview: 10 Questions with Sn-ap’s Founder and CEO, Thomas Ableman

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  1. What’s your role at Sn-ap?

I lead the team, set the strategy and support my colleagues.

  1. What does that look like on a daily basis?

A lot of talking to my colleagues! I also try to spend time in the wider world and spend several days a week on our coaches.

  1. Have you always worked in travel/tech, or do you have a different background?

I’ve always been in the travel sector. First National Express and then Chiltern Railways.

  1. What’s been your worst ever experience on public transport?

Probably being loaded with drugs by a pair of Dutch gun runners just before a group of armed Czech border guards came to check our train compartment. Especially as we had to spend the rest of the night in the same compartment as the gun runners!

  1. What’s your favourite piece of tech (can be a device, an app, literally anything) and how has it made a difference to your life?

CityMapper: a shameless plug for another travel tech startup that makes car-free connectivity joyful.

  1. What’s the best thing about working at Sn-ap?

Being able to give anyone the chance to go anyway at high quality and low cost. It sounds like an answer written by our (non-existent) PR department, but that’s why I set the business up. Up until now, transport has involved a trade off between price, quality and stress. Sn-ap is designed to prevent customers having to choose. And I love talking to customers on coaches and finding out we’re succeeding.

  1. Sn-ap is about on-demand travel, giving customers the power to decide where they go and when. What would be your ideal Sn-ap journey, and who with?

I’ve already done it! And it’s to London with my delightful 8 year old daughter. And, of course, her teddy (named ‘teddy’) who had to come too.

  1. What’s the best snap decision you’ve ever made?

I tend not to make snap decisions. But my wife and I decided to have our first daughter on a day trip to Ely, and that particular Cambridgeshire town will always be a special place for me as a result. Even if I don’t go there very often.

  1. What’s been your funniest moment at Sn-ap?

Most of them have tended to involve people misinterpreting the idea of Sn-ap as a platform that connects people to coaches. If you’ve made that mistake, I recommend lifecoach-directory.org.uk

  1. Since we’re moving round the corner to a pizza place… what’s your favourite kind of pizza?



What’s On: 12-14 May

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AFFORDABLE ART FAIR: Hampstead Heath, London, May 11th to May 14th


Born in 1996 and now a global phenomenon, the annual show will host 100 UK and international galleries, and artists will showcase their sculpture, paintings, photography from 11am to 6pm every day.

This year the fair will be organised into five different categories:

Weekend break – Art under £500

– Continental Escapes – Art under £1000

– Far Flung Treasures – Art under £2000

– Run away with me – Art under £4000

– Journey of a lifetime – Art under £6000

The artwork belongs to both well-established and emerging artists and the show will also include workshops, print studios and tours which reveal the connection between Arts, Travel and contemporary themes like Brexit.

Tickets are between £10 and £12 and you can have a look at the full program by clicking on the following link: https://affordableartfair.com/fairs/london-hampstead


BALANCE FESTIVAL: The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, May 12th to May 13th


Interested in healthy living?

This three-day festival celebrates the world of fitness, health, wellness and food.

Leading London trainers will run fitness classes, and food brands will offer live cooking demonstrations, alongside music, discussions and workshops.

For more info click here: https://www.balance-festival.com/WhatsOn/Music/LineUp


THE BROOKLYN BREWERY MASH, MC Motors, Dalston, London, May 12th to Saturday 13th


Are you passionate about good beer and want to journey through the 5 rooms of Beer Mansion? Then you’ll have to participate in this event.

Brooklyn Brewery is helping local and international breweries serve their finest beers with the addition of food, tech, art and games from 17:00 to 23:00.

The interactive multi-room experience will offer great tastes and surprises with explanation of what participants are drinking and eating and why.

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-brooklyn-brewery-mash-presents-beer-mansion-tickets-33238544381




This free festival celebrates the anniversary of Samuel Pepys’ first show in Covent Garden in 1662 with Mr. Punch as a central character.

The grand procession will start on Sunday at 11am in St. Paul’s Church Garden led by the Superior Brass Band and will end at 12noon with a special Church Service guided by Mr Punch standing at the pulpit.

From 12:30 to 17:30 the festival will present Punch and Judy and the puppet shows accompanied by workshops, clowns, refreshment, folk music and stalls.

The Food Chain, which will provide the refreshment, will use this occasion to raise funds for Londoners affected by HIV.




AFTERMATH, Notthingham contemporary, Nottingham, May 12th to 14th


The Aftermath is an annual project based on the creative repartee between Art students from Nottingham Trent University and History students from Nottingham Trent University. Their work will be a response to issues raised by “The Place is here”, a black art movement, who presented their exhibition earlier this winter at Nottingham Contemporary.

The aim is to create artwork with a deep connection to the hottest topics of our modern age.

The show is totally free and you just need to drop in during Nottingham Contemporary opening hours between Friday and Sunday.


ROBIN HOOD TOWN TOUR, Fletcher Gate, Nottingham, May 14th


One man who loves his city and is seeking to promote it is Ezekial Bone, the new Robin Hood of Nottingham.

His Tour through the city is the number 1 attraction on Trip Advisor and one of the most rated events on the web.

He’ll guide you through Sherwood Forest, the caves and all the mysteries and adventures praised by the novels about Robin Hood.

For more info click on the following link: http://www.ezekialbone.com/robin-hood/.











What’s On This Weekend: 5-7 May

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Here are our suggestions for the coming weekend if you are travelling between London and Nottingham.


AFRICAN WOMEN IN WORLD WAR I, National Army Museum, London,

May 5th


On Friday at 11:30am The National Army Museum will host a free event guided by Dr. Anne Samson, a historian specialising in Africa and First World War.

The event will feature readings and talks on the role played by African Women during the war and how their hidden activities had a significant impact on its outcome.

To reserve your free ticket book here: https://tickets.nam.ac.uk/listprices.php?performanceId=413:272


#SHE INSPIRES ME CAR BOOT SALE, Brewer Street, London, May 6th


The above hashtag literally created a viral phenomenon on Social Media through its idea of promoting a day of fashion, fun and beauty.

This program, also part of Women for Women campaign, is to be supported by important designers and fashionistas such us Charlotte Olympia, Alex Eagle, Refinery29, Hikari Yokoyama, Matches Fashion and many others.

They are emptying their wardrobes to give attendees access to well priced ex-sample and designer pieces.

All proceeds will be donated to female survivors of war.

Online tickets are sold out but will still be available on the day for £10.00 and the event will be on from 1 to 5pm.


IMPERIAL FESTIVAL, College’s South Kensigton Campus, London, May 6th-7th


The Imperial Festival is a dazzling blend of history and science.

The weekend is based around new technology demonstrations, experiments, performances, and workshops on topics such as Health and Wellbeing, and Energy and Environment.

You’ll have access to the latest scientific discoveries, and this year the Festival includes an exhibition built around the technological advances in food production and distribution, with particular attention to themes like obesity and malnutrition. This and much more will be going on from 12.00 to 18.00 on Saturday and 12.00 to 17.00 on Sunday.

For full program and free ticket registration click on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/imperial-festival-2017-tickets-32819269318




Are you a cheese lover keen to taste the best selection in the UK? You’ll have exactly that chance at Camden Market on Saturday from 10am to 10pm and on Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

Producers from all over London will set up their stalls, offering both samples and live demonstrations.

You can also join Patrick McGuigan, writer and World Cheese Awards judge in his talks related to “how to eat cheese” and the “British and European cheese battle”, featuring his comments on a new generation of English Producers which is deeply motivated to compete at a higher level on the International scene.

For more info follow this link: https://londoncheeseproject.com/




“THE ALMIGHTY OTHER” by Causa Sui Theatre, May 5th to May 12 at Surface Gallery, Nottingham.


It’s easy to forget that everything we do has an impact on others. This concept is clearly expressed in the last work of Causa Sui Theatre; an experimental live theatre which combines performance art with traditional techniques involving audience participation.

The public will even decide how the play progresses and ends, creating a new story each time.

Tickets for £9.95 will be available on the door. (Show every day 19:00- 21:00)




Don’t miss the opportunity to get your hands on vintage and retro items, sold by weight, available at Nottingham Contemporary on Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

The entrance fee is only £1.50 and then if you pre book you get your kilo of clothes for £12 instead of £15.

Tickets info available here: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Nottingham/Nottingham-Contemporary/Nottingham-Preloved-Vintage-Kilo/12953064/


THE YOUNG CREATIVE AWARDS, Nottingham Future City, Nottingham Play House, May 10th.


The annual YCA will present the most talented 13-24 year olds and their excellent works, in different creative categories.

Writers, designers and business organisations will participate in the event not only to announce the winner but to create a contact for all those skillful young people dreaming of showing their abilities to the capital too.

The exhibition will start at 17:30 and the Award show at 18:15.

Register for free following this link: http://www.youngcreativeawards.org/request-tickets-yca-2017-award-ceremony/.



It’s another bank holiday weekend!

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If you are planning to travel between Nottingham and London this weekend, don’t miss our top pick of things to do in both cities!


 In the turbulent modern era, keeping an open and critical mind has never been so important.

Over four days, Writers of The World Unite will tackle themes like Russian revolutionary poetry, the age of globalisation, and questions of political identity.

They will also draw attention to Caribbean Literature.

There will be readings, debates and workshops the whole weekend and you can check full details, book your tickets or register for the free events following this link:




 Have you turn the clock back half a century and see Soho as it was then? This festival will actually give you that opportunity.

The six films to be shown celebrate Soho’s musical and artistic heritage in the years after the War and the gradual change that took place in an area known for its entertainment.

Beginning with the documentary “Bunch of Kunst” – inspired by the Nottingham Duo “Seaford Mods” – the films will show the controversies and changes associated with art in that period. Multiculturalism is explored in “All Night Long”, and the exhausting fight for dreams and success recounted in “The Small World of Sammy Lee”. Racial tensions are addressed more in “Absolute beginners”.

For the full list of movies, days and times, please follow the below link:




to April 30th

 If you are looking for a completely free, family-friendly and food-based event, we recommend the Canopy Market. All kinds of fresh delicacies will be available from sweet to savoury, with specialities coming from all over the globe. It will be accompanied by musicians such as Dakota Jim, Victor Vox and DJs like Claire Kalvis and Brett Franklin.

Everything will end on Sunday by 6pm.


LONDON CRAFT WEEK from May 3r to May 7th.

 All across London, galleries will host workshops highlighting all forms of talent and professions, from ancient skills to new techniques. The event will fuse Fashion, Art, Design, Luxury, Food and Culture.

For further info please click here: http://www.londoncraftweek.com/.


NOTTINGHAM EVENTS: April 28 to May 1st

 BILLY OCEAN, the first R&B singer and songwriter of the 1980s will be playing his pop mixed with rhythm and blues at The Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham from 19:00 to 23:00 this Friday.


The UK’S biggest book sale announced by Waterstones will not only have the best selection of unique pieces but will also raise funds to give to local authorities on Saturday from 10am to 6pm,

WAHALA: Jamaica vs. Africa at The Glee Club on Sunday from 18:30 to 23:00.

If you are keen to see comedians having a live battle then you shouldn’t miss this amazing comedy clash.

1940’s Knees Up between Brew House Yard and Nottingham Castle

Don’t miss it if you want to get a sense of life on the Home Front and life during World War II. Featuring vivid displays, music and dances which will bring that era to life.

The event will take place between Brewhouse Yard and Nottingham Castle from 11am to 3:30 pm on Monday 1st of May.