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The Top Three Occult Bookshops in London for a Beginner Witch

Julia has been practising witchcraft for three years. She loves helping beginner witches develop their practises and rituals.

Travelling is one of the best experiences in the world, especially for a witch. But when we run low on supplies, we need to know where to go to find the best of the best. Here's a little bookshop guide for witches travelling through London. The places below are where you can find the best ingredients and supplies for your craft. As an added bonus, each shop allows you to experience a little bit of the magic that comes from visiting this old and beautiful city.

The Top Three Occult Bookshops in London

  1. Treadwell's Books
  2. The Atlantis Bookshop
  3. Watkins Books
Treadwell's Books is the place to go if you're looking for spell candles or dried herbs—they are well stocked on these.

Treadwell's Books is the place to go if you're looking for spell candles or dried herbs—they are well stocked on these.

Quick Breakdown of the Top Three Shops

BookshopWhy You Should Go

1. Treadwell's Books

Lots of dried herbs and spell candles for spellcasting; good stop for materials.

2. The Atlantis Bookshop

Historic bookshop from 1922; tarot readings available onsite.

3. Watkins Books

Huge selection of books on witchcraft; variety of spellcasting tools (crystals, sage, oils); tarot and palmistry readings available onsite.

1. Treadwell's Books

Located on Store Street, near London city centre, sits Treadwell's Books. It's a small shop to begin with, and yet they managed to squeeze in an even smaller lower level filled with books on witchcraft and the occult. When I first stepped into the shop I was definitely curious—there was an aura of mystery in every corner, and the store was decorated in a way that only enhanced the feeling.

Although I quickly realised that the variety of books they offered was a little lacking (given the wide range of subjects that witches usually study), they had everything a novice witch might need. But the book selection is not why I love this place. This is a shop straight out of heaven for spellcrafters looking for tools to enhance their craft.

This bookshop is your best friend if you're looking for spell candles or dried herbs— they are well stocked on these. They also sell custom Book of Spells (BoS) journals where you can write down your recipes and spell ingredients. Another thing I noticed was that they have many organic, herb-based oils, mists, and sprays on offer—wonderful for any type of ritual or casting.

All in all, this is a great place to visit if you need a quick supply re-stock, or if you want a quiet place to sit down and think (their couch is super comfortable).

Atlantis Bookshop is a historical place for British witches.

Atlantis Bookshop is a historical place for British witches.

2. The Atlantis Bookshop

As tiny as it is, the Atlantis Bookshop is a historical place for British witches. It was established nearly a century ago in 1922, and famous magicians such as Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley were among its visitors.

This is a small shop that is filled with charm. I visited it in the summer of 2018, and the first thing I encountered was a tarot reading session taking place behind a curtain, along with a few customers waiting for their turn. A few pictures of magicians were on display, and a pair of old-fashioned broomsticks stood leaning against the shop window.

It is a place truly filled with magic, and the owners are some of the friendliest people I've ever met. Steeped in magical history, the shop understands the true essence of witchcraft. Some of the most beautiful objects I found were large wooden chests with silver pentagrams, which were ideal for holding magickal supplies. Other shelves were filled with sculpted figurines of gods, spell candles, and numerous tarot decks.

If you're travelling through London and love learning about the history of witchcraft, this is the place to go.

The biggest and most versatile witchy bookshop I've been to so far in London is Watkins Books.

The biggest and most versatile witchy bookshop I've been to so far in London is Watkins Books.

3. Watkins Books

The biggest and most versatile witchy bookshop I've been to so far in London is Watkins Books. It sits across two floors and is stacked to the brim with books, so this is your go-to place if you're looking for more material to study the craft.

But the amount of books isn't the only highlight of this shop. Here you'll find anything a witch's heart desires, including crystals, three shelves of tarot decks, and so many essential oils and incenses you couldn't count them if you wanted to. Lastly, one of my favourite things about this place is that it offers bundles of sage, large as well as small, at affordable prices!

When you first walk into this bookshop, the scent of incense hits you immediately. You're also warmly welcomed with tall shelves of books about a variety of topics, including channeling, natural healing, Wicca, secret societies, mythology, etc. I could argue that this place is as inspiring to a witch as it is to a fiction writer. After all, here you can also find heaps of vintage jewellery, prayer flags, and many more trinkets from around the world.

Also, did I mention the tarot and palmistry readings on offer? Or the amazing brass figures of the Hindu gods? You should probably head over there and check it out for yourself!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Comments

Oladele shida on June 05, 2019:

How much i want book from africa

Alisa on August 15, 2018:

There is an outside chance I will be visiting London next summer (there, Central Europe, or back to Ireland???) If I go to London, these bookshops will be on my "must visit" list! Thanks!

Julia Skowronska (author) from London on August 15, 2018:

You definitely should! Hope you can come visit some day! :)

kunubus on August 15, 2018:

I have never been to London, but I would make sure I would visit all 3, and become another customer and friend.