What’s on in London, Nottingham and Derby? 14th-16th of July

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July is flying by and already August is peaking it’s nose around the corner. Friends and Family are sharing their holiday snaps of exotic beaches, cocktails under the sun and all that jazz… But no need to feel blue, there’s plenty going on throughout the UK you can take full advantage of!

We have several coaches running to and from London, Nottingham and Derby over this weekend and plenty to do in each city. Get your family and friends together for a nice relaxing summer trip at fantastic prices and make the most of the great weather.

Let’s start with London.

 

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Tate Modern, Bankside

 

If you like Art and you have not visited the Tate Modern in a while, the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power might be the good occasion to pay a new visit to the astonishing gallery. Soul of a Nation is an artistic journey which begins in 1963 and follows the development of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S with paintings in homage to figures such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X , Angela Davis, John Coltrane and Muhammad Ali.

 

You can book your tickets here: https://tickets.tate.org.uk/performancelist.asp?ShowID=6508

 

You can find more information here: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/soul-nation-art-age-black-power

 

You can read an inspiring review of the exhibition here:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jul/11/soul-of-a-nation-review-lost-history-of-black-power-art-tate-modern

 

HyperJapan, Tobacco Dock, Tower Hamlets , East London, 14th-16th of July

 

Are you ready for your trip to Tokyo? If the answer is yes and you’re in London this weekend, Tobacco Dock in East London is where it’s at. No flights to Japan needed! What can you expect from the event? Cosplay, wasabi pizza, anime, sushi making competitions, Japanese craft beers and more!

 

You can book your tickets here: https://hyperjapan.co.uk/tickets/

 

You can find more information here : https://hyperjapan.co.uk/

 

London Vegan Beer Fest 2017, Hackney Downs, East London, 15th of July

 

If you’re vegan of vegetarian this might be the perfect place for you this Saturday and if you are not, well, that might be the occasion to try something different. The event will take place in three different spaces: the inside bar, the Beer Hall, the outside Beer Market and the Beer & Wine Cafe. This whole festival, a triumph of beer and street food ( strictly vegan! ) will take place quite close to vibrant areas such as Hackney Central and Dalston, providing you with a lot of choice in terms of your Saturday night plans.

 

You can book your tickets and find more information here: http://veganbeerfest.co.uk/london2017/.

 

Walthamstow Garden Party, Lloyd Park, Walthamstow, North-East London, 15th-16th of July

 

The Walthamstow Garden Party is back in Lloyd Park for the fourth year; this is a festival of the Waltham Forest Council, produced by the world-class art and learning organisation the Barbican in partnership with key-local organisation in the North-Eastern London Borough. Expect family activities, street food, theatre, spoken word and much more….including acts by the Heliocentrics, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and reggae legends Toots and the Maytals. What’s more, the event is completely free!

 

You can find more information here: http://walthamstowgardenparty.com

 

In Nottingham you can check out the Fiona Stein Association at Baresca ( 9 Byard Lane in the Lace Market from 8.30pm-10.30pm ) or if you’re a cricket fan check out England Vs. South Africa at Trent Bridge, https://www.eticketing.co.uk/nottsccc/Events ).

 

In Derby, comic-book lovers might be interested in the exhibition Judge Dredd to Wonder Woman: The Work of Liam Sharp at the Derby Museum , a celebration of the three decade career of the Derby-born comic book artist ( https://www.derbymuseums.org/whats-on/judge-dredd-to-wonder-woman-the-work-of-liam-sharp`) or you might enjoy the Derby Caribbean Carnival, returning to Osmaston Park for the 42th year of celebrations( http://www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/derby-caribbean-carnival-20171 ).

 

Food, music, art…this week-end has plenty of different options in London, Nottingham and Derby…. book tickets, relax and enjoy!

WHAT’S ON IN LONDON, NOTTINGHAM AND DERBY 6th-9th JULY.

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After a little break, Summer seems to be back with us and another sunny weekend beckons for most.  Here are our suggestions for you:

 

BRITISH SUMMER TIME, Moretti Gran Tour, Hyde Park, London, on until 9th of July.

 

The Moretti Tour, a brand new event in Hyde Park,  will take you on an unforgettable journey through Italian culture and tastes with particular focus on 4 Italian regions are their individual signature dishes.

Each regional tour will last 45 minutes with street food, Moretti and aperitif samples available.

Live music, Djs and traditional Italian games will enrich the experience.

Tickets are generally £10, but they are also promoting an “Open House” on certain days.

For full programme, tickets and details of the Open House days, follow this link:

https://www.birramoretti.com/partnership-and-events/moretti-gran-tour-2017/

 

SUMMER SCIENCE EXHIBITION, The Royal Society, London, 6th to 9th of July.

 

This free and family-friendly science event allows you to explore 22 different exhibits and to meet the scientists who are conducting the research. Admittance is restricted to those registered on line, in advance: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/

 

WIMBLEDON SCREENINGS, several venues in London, on until 16th of July.

 

Don’t worry if you’ve missed out on Wimbledon tickets, because you can still watch all the action across different location in London. Have a look here for more info:

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/attractions/where-to-watch-the-wimbledon-2017-tennis-in-london-the-hotspots-outdoor-screens-and-restaurants-for-a3573931.html

 

NOTTINGHAM STREET ART FESTIVAL, Sneinton Market, Nottingham, on until 15th of July.

 

After the successful launch party on 23rd of June , this impressive street festival, promoting the best local talent, it continues on the 8th of July at Sneinton Market from 11:00 until 21:00 and on 15th of July at the Surface Gallery.

These two days, called “Blackbook days” will be “coloured” by live painting, markets stalls and Djs sets from Collective and Tekonta.

To announce the winner there will be a jury composed of National and International street artists.

The event is free. For more info click here: http://www.surfacegallery.org/current/2017/6/23/street-art-festival-2017

UK CORPORATE GAMES 2017, multiple sport venues around Nottingham, 6th to y9th of July.

 

The Europe’s largest annual multi-sports festival for business will take place for the first time this year in Nottingham.

Many of the sports will be hosted at the University of Nottingham and there will be lots to see. For info, brochure and programme, follow the below link:

http://www.corporate-games.com/en-GB/Games/EasyToEnter/012551d7-f187-47a8-b501-f952872dfc2a

 

DERBY CAMRA BEER FESTIVALS, Derby, 6th to 9th of July.

 

This is of the best local events run by volunteers sustaining the campaign for real ALE and CYDER.  Sn-ap has confirmed trips this Friday and Saturday from London and back so, get your ticket and let’s enjoy a beer together.

 

To find out more click here: http://www.derbycamra.org.uk/summer-beer-festival/

 

HAVE ANOTHER LOVELY WEEKEND SN-APPERS.

What’s on in London, Nottingham & Derby – June 30, July the 1st and the 2nd

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With July just around the corner, here’s our round-up of what’s going on in London, Nottingham and Derby (where we launched last week). There’s loads of already confirmed Sn-ap trips running from and to all three places.

Let’s start with London events:

Africa Writes, British Library , Euston,  Friday June 30-Sunday July 2

How does a weekend celebration of African literature, culture and thought sound? This three-day long event takes place at the British Library (right near our Euston drop-off) and has been organised with the Royal African Society. You can expect book-launches, workshops, poetry, family activities and even rap parties!

For more information and tickets: https://www.bl.uk/events/africa-writes-2017#

Cartier in Motion, Design Museum, Kensington (West London) -until July the 28th

Passionate about design? Then how about the “Cartier in Motion” exhibition? More than 170 exhibits from the Cartier Archives. Not just a fascinating journey through Cartier’s history, but through 20th century art and lifestyle too. You will also have a chance to browse one of London’s most magnificent new spaces. Best of all, the exhibition is free!

For more information: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/cartier-in-motion

London Bridge City Summer Festival, London Bridge, until Thursday the 31st of August

The London Bridge City Summer Festival has a whole host of events for you over the summer. This week end: Massaoke Friday. A huge screen and hundreds of people belting out Greatest Hits together. On Saturday, the Look Mum, No Hands cafe has another big-screen so you can catch up with the Tour de France and Sunday is for music fans with Busk in London. This is another free event.

For more information: http://www.londonbridgecity.co.uk/events/2017/june

Black Sound: Black British music journey of cultural independence, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton ( South London) until November the 4th 2017

Do you love Black music? If the answer is yes, this free exhibition at the Black Cultural Archives could be for you. Prepare yourself to jump into a century of “musical creativity and DIY ingenuity” and the chance to explore Brixton, one of London’s most vibrant scenes. Brixton is easily accessible from our Euston drop-off, via the Victoria Line.

For more information: https://bcaheritage.org.uk/programme/

In Nottingham this weekend the British Geological Survey is having an open day on Saturday from 10 a.m  (it’s a free event, but you have to register using this online form http://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/events/openday/).

There’s also an acoustic and semi-acoustic concert in aid of Oxfam on Saturday (https://www.facebook.com/events/860971880717642/ ) and a Sunday Showcase of new musical talent at the Greyhound pub.

In Derby Kezia Gill is playing at the Spondon Liberal Club and on Sunday there’s the  annual Classic Bus Rally ( http://www.e-v-r.com/events/ ).

So book your tickets and have a lovely week end!

WHAT’S ON IN LONDON & NOTTINGHAM 23-25 OF JUNE ‘17

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The heat of the last few days has left a lot of us gasping! But since we have been blessed with this wonderful weather, it’s time to think about organising our weekend.

Not sure? Here are our suggestions, this week:

LONDON Free Events

GREENWICH AND DOCKLANDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, 22nd of June to 8th of July.

The annual outdoor festival of performing arts, street theatre, circus, dance and music will take place across Royal Greenwich, Docklands and Tower Hamlets, with a whole host of the most creative performers from across the UK and beyond.

You can admire the Fiers a’ Chival at the Cutty-Sark Gardens, where the French Theatre Compagnie Des Quidamas will present a magnificent equestrian display.

From 23rd to 25th until around 9pm you can also be delighted by Luke Jerrams’s artwork at the Museum of the Moon.

For full programme click here: http://www.festival.org/festival/overview/15/2017/

 

WEST END LIVE AT TRAFALGAR SQUARE 24th-25th of June.

On Saturday and Sunday you can get a taste of the top West End musicals and shows, completely free in Trafalgar Square. The line up includes classics such as Les Miserables, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera & Wicked and new shows like An American in Paris, Catch Me & Bat out of Hell.

Arrive early; it’s sure to be crowded. For more info and details click on the following link: http://www.westendlive.co.uk/schedule

 

Hong Kong Dragon Festival, London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road, June the 25th.

For sino-philes and fans of Chinese culture, the London Chinatown Chinese Community Centre and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade office is presenting the 22nd annual Dragon Boat festival, with 40 competing clubs, corporate and amateur teams competing.

By the riverside, the event will feature a food festival, showcasing South-East Asian cuisine, together with music, martial arts displays and traditional chinese lion dancing.

The Event’s schedule is available here: http://www.lhkdbf.co.uk/2017-programme/4560417477

 

NOTTINGHAM

ZARAFA (PG) – Film screening, New Art Exchange June the 24th, Nottingham.

As part of the Refugee Week, the New Art Exchange presents Zafara, an action packed story of friendship between a 10 years old boy from Sudan, Maki and a giraffe named Zarafa. The two orphans will be involved in an extraordinary journey from Sudan to Paris featuring themes such us children’s resilience and courage. Free admission.

In the evening the NAE will also offer a live music concert with the Salmagundi Band, mediterranean wraps, homemade falafel, olives and salad for only £5 and 2for £4 reduction on selected beer. (just in case you get very thirsty).

 

The Gilded Merkin: Burlesque and cabaret at the British Waterways building, Canal Street, Nottingham, June the 25th.

From 19:30 to 22:30 you can enjoy a mixture of comedy, circus and burlesque performances with tickets now on sale here: www.gildedmerkin.co.uk .

The list of artists is here: https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/whats-on-in-nottingham/whats-on-event/?5004

 

SHERWOOD ART WEEK,  24th of June to 2nd of July.

Not far from Nottingham city centre, in its ninth year, The Sherwood Art week will see local artists exhibiting in shops along Mansfield Road and Haydn Road. Local shops and restaurants will support the event with donations and by displaying artworks in their windows.

More here: http://www.sherwoodartweek.co.uk/sites/default/files/SawThisYear/SAW17%20brochure.pdf

Now, forget everything else, book your trip with Sn-ap and enjoy another amazing weekend!

What’s on in London and Nottingham 16-18 June ’17

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Ice Cream, Comics & Sci-Fi. What a perfect combo for Father’s Day

With all the recent political upheaval, perhaps it’s time to step out and enjoy the fine summer weather that we’re having. We’ve already got ten confirmed trips between Friday the 16th and Sunday the 18th of June between Nottingham and London.

So, now you just need to know what’s on in London and Nottingham over the weekend. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s start with London.

 

London Gelato Festival – Friday June 16th- Sunday June 18th, Old Spitafields Market (Spitalfields)

There are many reasons Summer is everyone’s favourite season. One of the best is definitely ice cream or, as the Italians say, “gelato”. It was invented in 1559, but the Florentine artisan Bernardo Buontalenti at the court of the Medici family. 2017 is the 8th year of the Gelato Festival, taking place in Italy and all over Europe with the aim of finding the best Italian and international gelato artisans. London’s event will take place at Spitalfields Market with free entry, but if you want to taste all the different varieties of ice cream you might want to purchase one of the festival’s tickets (£12). Watch out for ice cream-brain freeze!

For more information: http://www.gelatofestival.it/en/ticket.

 

East London Comics and Art Festival, Friday June 16th – Sunday June 18th, Round Chapel, Clapton (Hackney, East London)

Comic book lovers, this is for you! East London Comic and Art Festival ( ELCAF) is a three-day long event that will take place from Friday the 16th to Sunday the 18th in Clapton, in the East London borough of Hackney.  The first ELCAF took place in 2012 and has grown into one of the leading graphic arts festivals in the U.K, with over 15,000. This year’s event promises to be even more interesting than previously. You can check out the programme and book your tickets here and remember, under 16s get in free!

For more information: https://www.elcaf.co.uk.

 

Sci-Fi Father’s Day, Sunday June 18th, Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising, Ladbroke & Grove (Kensington & Chelsea, West London)

Father’s Day is around the corner. Is your dad a Trekkie? and you yourself a Master Yoda fan are? Or it is the other way around? You can ‘settle’ your differences on Sunday, at the Sci Fi Father’s Day at the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising. There is a  Beam Me Back, Scotty exhibition (a display of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s ) and also the opportunity to grab a space-themed photo with the space-themed selfie station and/or get a gift for your dad at the Museum’s shop.

For more information:

http://www.museumofbrands.com/whats-on/exhibitions/beam-me-back,-scotty-18-may-24-september-2017.html.

 

The Cally Festival 2017, Sunday June 18th, Caledonian Road (Islington, Inner London)

Sunday is expected to be one of the hottest days of the year (28 degrees ): What better way to celebrate than a free festival celebrating one of the most vibrant London neighbourhoods? What to expect? Lots of people for starters ( over 7,000 people attended last year) as well as music, performances, arts and creative workshops. Just catch the Tube to Caledonian Road!

For more information: http://thecallyfestival.co.uk.

 

Wild African Summer Roast with 7 Courses Sharing Plates, Sunday June 18th, The Joker (58 Penton Street, Islington, Inner London)

Here’s an idea for a good foodie Father’s Day on Sunday the 18th of June: how about an African Summer Roast with not 1, not 2, not 3, but seven courses sharing plates with a West African music soundtrack? If this is what you are looking for a special Father’s Day, you should get ready for a vibrant summer menu, full of plantains, mangoes and spiced chocolate sauce! Make sure to book your tickets here for a Father’s Day to remember!

For more information:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wild-african-summer-roast-with-7-course-sharing-plates-tickets-32834765668?aff=es2

 

In Nottingham, on Friday the 16th, you can check out the Photography End of Year Show at the Central College ( click here for more info ) , go for a stroll in the Austrey Open Gardens on Saturday the 17th and on Sunday the 18th you might want to  celebrate an unusual Father’s Day at Creswell Crags, stepping in the footsteps of Cave Men, with special discounts for dads! ( click here for more info).

We are looking forward to seeing you travelling on our coaches this weekend and to all the dads on board….Happy Father’s Day!

WHAT’S ON IN LONDON AND NOTTINGHAM 8-11 of June.

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GRAYSON PERRY: “THE MOST POPULAR EXHIBITION EVERSerpentine Gallery-Hyde Park, June the 8th to September the 10th, London.

The British artist Grayson Perry is opening a brand new exhibition showcasing the connection between art and modern society.

The exhibition is focused on how art can link different sections of society to the cultural and political landscape, and looks at relations between people, traditional art forms, and social media.

It was through social media that he conducted an online survey asking people to share their ideas about Brexit. Different pieces of art present at the exhibition will be the result of his trip to pro Brexit and pro Remain parts of the country, showing the country in its currently divided state.

More info will be available here: http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/grayson-perry-most-popular-art-exhibition-ever

 

POETRY & LYRICS FESTIVAL. King’s Place, 9-10 of June, London.

Poet In The City presents their second festival, an ensemble of selected songs, melodies and poetry.

The two day festival incorporates different themes and writers, including Kristin, Don Paterson and PJ Harvey.

There will also be sessions on family-based songwriting, African music and its historical and cultural roots, and feminism in rap and spoken word.

 

BUSHSTOCK FESTIVAL, Shepherd’s Bush, London, June the 10th

The annual music festival hosted by the independent record label and promoter Communion will take place this year in Shepherd’s Bush.

The best of both well established and emerging artists will be playing from 12pm to 3am.

This year the festival features our very own Sn-ap team member Joe, and his band Banfi. They will be playing from 19:00 to 19:30.

 

SOHO FOOD FESTIVAL, St. Annes’ Churchyard gardens, Wardour Street, Soho, London, 10th-11th of June.

 In its 7th year the Soho Food Fest will again raise funds for Soho Primary School, its playground and healthy kitchen.

Restaurants will participate with stalls of food for visitors to sample from £2. The event will start at 12pm and end at 18:00 on both days.

If you want to know more, click here: https://event.bookitbee.com/11811/soho-food-feast-2017

 

 NOTTINGHAM:

 

 Detonate Festival, Colwick Country Park, Nottingham, 9-10th of June.

 If you are passionate about electronic music and wish to join the biggest outdoor festival in Nottingham, then you will have to hurry to buy the remaining tickets for the Detonate Festival. With more than 60 performances, the show will start at 11am on Friday and end on Saturday at 11pm.

For more info and tickets click here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/Detonate/

 

 BLOWSOC 25Th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, Glee Club Nottingham Comedy Club and Music Venue, Castle Wharf, Nottingham, Sun the 11th.

Blowsoc is the University of Nottingham’s Music Society for Wind, Brass, and Percussion players. This weekend, their 9 ensembles will perform the best jazz, blues and funk tunes to celebrate its 25th year on the scene.

Old members, current musicians and alumni will join the show from 14:30 to 18:00 this weekend. For info and ticket follow this link: https://www.ents24.com/nottingham-events/the-glee-club/blowsoc-25th-anniversary-concert/5045910

10 Questions With Anna, Digital Marketing and Customer Service Manager

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1) What’s your role at Sn-ap?

My role at Sn-ap is Digital Marketing and Customer service Manager

 

2) What does that look like on a daily basis?

On a daily basis my duties are oriented to manage all sort of customers’ queries via phone, through our emailing system and social media platforms. (Facebook and Instagram particularly).

The creativity side of this position is focused in finding new ways of promoting the business, gather and monitoring clients response in order to improve our way of working. I also research what’s interesting to talk about and write for the SN-AP blog, especially in relation to things to do or event to attend in our selected locations.

 

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

I also have a different background.

I have worked, in fact, in several sectors such as Retail,Hospitality and Media with major years of experience in Sales, Journalism and Social Media.

 

4) What’s been your worst ever experience on public transport?

When the subject comes to “Experience with Public Transport” there are loads of bad ones to be remembered. In Italy, for example, I remember I book a train to go from Central Italy to North of Italy and even though the estimated time was 4hours, I got there after 7hours due to several delays and break downs.

In London life seemed to treated me better in terms of Transport efficiency but it didn’t seem to save me from tube strikes and trains’ cancellation.

I remember once I was stuck at Stansted Airport with a pre paid ticket but they cancelled the last train to Liverpool Street and tried to save their face with a replacement bus which I was really unhappy about as it was going to take ages! If my intention was to travel via coach, I would have booked a coach and save an huge amount of money too.

I would like to avoid talking about all the times National Express upset me with their “wi fi” on board for then letting me discover that there is a wi-fi on board but in 25 times, it never worked for me. I would have preferred they could have avoided focusing their campaign on that (with big signs on the outside body of the coach) and be more honest about its functionality! Shall I also mention that time they arrived 1 hour later than the estimated time and I miss my flight? Well, better I don’t because, after that, I haven’t booked through them anymore !

 

5) 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?

My favourite piece of tech? Google Maps of course! That helped me for years and everywhere to don’t get lost as that’s my main speciality! (unfortunately for me)

I also love Skype, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter considering them the main Portal for conscientiously learning, sharing, spreading and participating in all sort of discussion, initiative or project I wish to be part of.

 

6)What’s the best thing about working at Sn-ap?

The best thing in working at Sn-ap is that being still a start up, I have the opportunity to work on something completely new, “build” the way we work and sharing my ideas with a faboulos, supporting and extremely open minded team!

I also deeply like how people can get ideally where they want when they desire if there is the right number for running a coach! According to that, my dream is being able to export this idea to my bella Italy as we are very crap in terms of transports connections and in some part of Italy, unless you don’t have a car, you can not go anywhere nice! And in that case it is not only a question of money but of transport services completely missing!

I guess in England the main problem is to fight with the competition! But we’ll do that and win! This is another thing I love of working on sn-ap! Enthusiasm and Optimism are always in the air!Such as Love 🙂

 

7) 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?

Mmmmm. This sounds like an offer I can’t refuse…Well if I have the opportunity, my ideal trip will be London- Bournemouth between July/ August possibly in a sunny day !

I saw the ocean for the first time in Bournemouth and I also had a romantic weekend there (once, a long time ago) so I would love to go back and enjoy a bit of summer (that for Italians does not exist in London).

I would bring my flatmate with me.. She is from Naples and misses the sea so much!

SHALL WE START TO TALK ABOUT A SUMMER CAMPAIGN TO BOURNEMOUTH/BRIGHTON and OTHER EXCITING BEACHES? Hopefully we’ll be able to!

 

8)What’s the best snap decision you’ve ever made?

The best sn-ap decision so far? Join the sn-ap team of course!!!!

 

9)What’s been your funniest moment at Sn-ap?

The funniest moment was around the Easter Period! Our boss secretly sent an Easter chocolate egg to all members of the team without knowing the message was not included!

I think I was first to receive it and I was so excited about. I didn’t care who was the sender at first but after three days the voice of me having an admired was already spread in the office that I started to like the idea of having one! You should have seen my face when I discovered that my imaginary admirer was my employer.. I was still super happy about the kindness of the sender but together with my colleagues we just had a big laugh about my non-existant fan and broken dreams. It was hilarious!

 

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

You are just touching my Achille’s Heel talking about Pizza! YES! Make yourself ready to listen to how fussy, picky and annoying can Italians be about their pizza!

My favourite one is Italian, (which means made with fresh ingredients possibly by an Italian Chef or a very trained one even if coming from somewhere else- ketchup and cheddar on top are extremely banned)! So, it is Italian Pizza with Tomato, Mozzarella, porcini mushrooms, ham and truffle (the real one, not those chemical sauces with written “truffle” outside the bottle). The general composition has to be not too thick nor too thin, well cooked but not burnt, possibly with a crunchy crust! That’s it! 😀

 

 

 

 

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:

http://lastdaysofshoreditch.co.uk/?gclid=CLTM19T8itQCFU0aGwodlMUOiA

 

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: