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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.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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