London's top performances and events
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.