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The Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, takes over a swath of West London on Aug. 26-27. If you have children in tow, visit on Sunday; Monday is the day adults come out to play. Caribbean sounds and flavors burst forth in the form of calypso, soca and steel bands, jerk chicken and curried goat. Parades, a tradition born from slaves mimicking the fancy balls of plantation owners, highlight both days and get under way at 9 a.m. Read more at

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