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Discover the best of London in September

By The Hub team, September 22, 2017

Summer vacation may be over, but September is packed with hot happenings. Marking the start of London's Autumn Season, September has plenty in store, from fabulous festivals to blockbuster exhibitions.

This fall, it's all about the festivals, many of which are free to attend. The Totally Thames Festival is back with a month of river-related fun, including artworks, live performances and boat races. Other Totally Thames Festival highlights include Maria Arceo's Future Dust, a large-scale art installation made from plastic collected along the Thames. The artwork will light up at night and move to different riverside locations.

The Raindance Film Festival is a must for film buffs. It's rolling out the red carpet for 12 days in September, with a packed program of screenings, parties, seminars and workshops.

Travel back to Roman London with Londinium: a season of gripping events and activities including guided walks, a play about the vengeful Boudica at Shakespeare's Globe Theater and more. September also means the return of Daylight Music, a carefully curated series of concerts in the atmospheric surroundings of Union Chapel, to be enjoyed with tea and cake every Saturday afternoon. The eclectic and diverse program changes every week and has included artists such as Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip and Nils Frahm.

For art enthusiasts, this month is buzzing with not-to-be-missed exhibitions. Opening at the Barbican is Basquiat: Boom for Real, the first large-scale UK exhibition for Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of downtown New York's art scene in the 1980s. Another must-see is the anticipated exhibition Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth at The Royal Academy of Arts. The landmark retrospective features more than 150 works, including iconic images of flags, targets, maps and light bulbs.

See your favorite celebrities on stage in one of London's new West End shows. Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell sizzle in Tennessee Williams's family drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre.

Museum fans are in for a special treat this month with a series of blockbuster exhibitions taking place. Discover the long-hidden Siberian culture at Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia at the British Museum, and explore the unsolved mystery of Sir John Franklin's doomed last voyage into the Arctic at National Maritime Museum's exhibition Death in the Ice.

Catch the last month of Buckingham Palace's Summer Opening and take a peek around 19 lavishly decorated state rooms of the queen's London home. On display at the palace's Queen's Gallery is Canaletto & The Art of Venice, featuring dreamy artworks showing the beauty of 18th-century Venice by Venetian artist Canaletto and his contemporaries. At Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace, you can view the Princess's glamorous gowns, including the blue velvet gown she famously wore when she danced with John Travolta at the White House.

Autumn in London is open. Book your London adventure by visiting united.com or through the United app. And while you're there, share your experience on social media with the hashtag #LondonIsOpen and #AutumnSeason.

Making our app more accessible for people with disabilities

By The Hub team, October 28, 2020

We're proud to launch a redesigned version of our United app to make it easier for customers with visual disabilities to manage all aspects of day-of travel, including check-in, viewing reservation details and flight status, bag tracking and more.

This latest version of our app is now available to both Android and iOS users, and it offers increased color contrast and more space between graphics. Furthermore, we have reorganized how information is displayed and announced to better integrate with screen reader technologies like VoiceOver and TalkBack, which are built into most handheld devices. By restructuring the way the information is organized on the app, screen readers are better able to convert text to audio in the proper, logical sequence, allowing customers to better understand and navigate the app.

United Zoom backgrounds for AvGeeks

By The Hub team, October 27, 2020

Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Take your next video call from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude with United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Newly added to our collection is a background encouraging our employees and customers to vote. Our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. No matter which party you support, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and vote.

So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started.

Looking back at a landmark year with Special Olympics

By Ryan Wilks, October 19, 2020

Earlier this summer, we shone a light on our flagship partnership with Special Olympics and our commitment to the Inclusion Revolution. In that same story, we introduced you to our four Special Olympics Service Ambassadors, Daniel, Kyle, Lauren and Zinyra (Z), who, this month, celebrate one year working at Chicago O'Hare International Airport as part of the United family.

This groundbreaking, inclusive employment program took off as a part of our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics, a community relationship that employees across the company hold close to heart. The original 'UA4' (as they call themselves) have become an integral part of the United team serving customers at O'Hare Airport. Even from behind their masks, their wide smiles and effervescent spirit exude and bring life to the service culture of excellence we strive towards every day.

"The UA4 are more than just customer service ambassadors. They are shining examples of how inclusion, accessibility and equity can have monumental impacts on the culture and service of a business and community," said Customer Service Managing Director Jonna McGrath. "They have forever changed who we are as a company. While they often talk about how United and this opportunity has changed their lives, they have changed ours in more ways than we can count."

In the two years of partnership with Special Olympics, United employees have volunteered over 10,500 hours of service at events around the world and donated over $1.2 million worth of travel to the organization.

"This inclusive employment program is what community partnerships, like ours with Special Olympics, are all about: collaborating to identify areas where the needs of the community intersect with the cultural and business opportunity, then creating the infrastructure and programming to bring the two together," said Global Community Engagement Managing Director Suzi Cabo. "Through this program, our goal is to show other companies that when you put a committed effort and focus towards inclusion and breaking down barriers, you transform lives. I challenge other business around the world to follow our lead in joining the Inclusion Revolution."

Check out the video below to hear from our Special Olympics Service Ambassadors firsthand.

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