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London's top performances and events

By The Hub team, September 27, 2017

Visitors to London this autumn can expect a lively lineup of fun-packed festivals and world-class theatre shows. The musical Hamilton will make a highly anticipated arrival in London's West End in November after taking Broadway by storm. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the multi-award-winning show tells the story of the founding of America using a score influenced by hip-hop, rap and R&B. Tennessee Williams' sizzling family drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is dazzling audiences at the Apollo Theatre, with a star-studded cast led by Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell.

There's plenty to celebrate in London this autumn. A packed festival calendar includes everything from musical extravaganzas to foodie fun. Travel back to Roman London with Londinium: a season of gripping events such as 3D animated projections, archaeological tours of historic London sites and talks by leading historians including Mary Beard.

Enjoy a series of classical music concerts as part of the 10-day festival This is Rattle honoring the appointment of Sir Simon Rattle as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. The program includes concerts, workshops and film screenings at the Barbican and other London venues.

The Totally Thames Festival is back with a month of river-related events and activities, including art showings, live performances and boat races. As part of the festival, you can visit the subterranean space below Tower Bridge for a performance by Bascule Chamber Concerts and see a large-scale art installation made from plastic collected along the Thames with Maria Arceo's Future Dust. The artwork will light up at night and move to different riverside locations across London.

Whatever your passion, there's a festival for you. Movie buffs should check out the BFI Film Festival, while dance enthusiasts can salute 21st-century choreography at Dance Umbrella, the city's international dance festival. There's also plenty to keep music enthusiasts happy. EFG London Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th edition this November, taking over the city with performances from leading artists and emerging stars. The glittering lineup includes Hugh Masekela, Pat Metheny and Average White Band. Meanwhile, MTV's Europe Music Awards will host some of the biggest acts on the planet for a night of world-class performances.

Gain an insight into the power of literature at this autumn's London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre, boasting a starry lineup including Tom Hanks, Philip Pullman and Annie Leibovitz. You can also catch a live reading of Nelson Mandela's memoirs.

In October, there's a city-wide homage to great food courtesy of the month-long London Restaurant Festival, featuring exclusive menus and restaurant-hopping tours. Sip a cocktail or two at London Cocktail Week, encompassing a Cocktail Village and special offers at more than 200 bars, restaurants and pop-ups across the city. For a dose of culture, don't miss Africa on the Square in Trafalgar Square on October 14, celebrating African culture with performances, food and activities.

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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