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A Spotlight on Occult Bookshops

By Nazifa Khan and Holly Presswell

Look no further if you are a fan of the occult and curious about the hidden corners of the UK’s bookshop landscape. We have bought together a collection of fascinating bookshops for this issue. Whether you are a fellow seeker or simply curious about the esoteric world, these bookshops will pique your interest and inspire your imagination!

The Atlantis Bookshop – 49a Museum Street, Bloomsbury, WC1A 1LY

Photo by: The Atlantis Bookshop

You could have an article about occult bookshops and not include The Atlantis. This bookshop is London’s oldest independent family-run bookshop, lasting over one hundred years. Established in 1922 by magicians, this bookshop is the birthplace of modern witchcraft. The mother and daughter duo running the shop are well known for catering to the Western and Magical side of the occult, selling a vast and ever-changing selection of books, and they have expanded to statues, jewellery and tarots. 

They are proud to provide expertise to anyone who comes asking while providing props and locations to TV shows and Hollywood productions. If you fancy learning more about the magic world, the bookshop hosts regular coven meetings in the basement of the shop, which all are welcome to. To find out even more about this fantastic shop, check out their website

Treadwell’s Bookshop – 33 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BS

Opened in Bloomsbury 2003, just around the corner from the British Museum, stands Treadwell’s Bookshop. Treadwell’s has evolved into the vibrant centre of contemporary esoteric study, presenting a meticulously curated collection of both old and new books. These books are all chosen with experienced occultists, curious academics and students in mind. Treadwell’s offers in-person and online tarot readings, as well as the massive collection of books. 

Treadwell’s holds lecture evenings, which are internationally recognised as having some of the best modern speakers and experts in their field. Treadwell’s Bookshop has now become the centre of where the London occult community gather. To find out more information, visit their website.

Magis Books – 64 Leopold Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 5DN

Found in the heart of Loughborough is Magis books. This bookshop has specialised in buying and selling books on the occult, spiritualism and esoteric since the 1970s. These books come in a range of new, second-hand, out-of-print, rare and antiquarian, so there is something for everyone. 

The Little Apple Bookshop – 13 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN

The Little Apple Bookshop is an independent bookshop in the heart of York, England that has been selling books since 1997. It is known for its cosy, mystical atmosphere and wide selection of books, from children’s to bestsellers to poetry and many unique categories. Their wonderfully curated selection of occult, witchy and spiritualism books is sure to pique your interest. Find out more about the books they have to offer here!

Courtyard Books – 2–4 High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9DU

Courtyard Books, located in the centre of Glastonbury and established in 1993, is the town's oldest and largest bookshop. It is renowned for its prominent esoteric content. The shop, which specialises in rare, out-of-print and limited-edition esoteric publications, is a haven for those interested in magic, witchcraft, alchemy and hermeticism. Courtyard Books is a place for anyone seeking information in a variety of fields, with an extensive library spanning topics such as psychedelia, UFOs, Atlantis, spirituality and more. Their collaborations with publishers such as Three Hands Press, Primal Craft, Scarlet Imprint and others demonstrate their commitment to the esoteric. The shop's prominent position and unique selection make it a must-visit for individuals interested in spirituality, philosophy and the occult.

Watkins Books – 19–21 Cecil Ct, London, WC2N 4EZ

Watkins Books in London is a hidden gem for booklovers and collectors of the occult and esoteric. Its rare and antique book collection spans a variety of topics, including philosophy, mysticism and literature from the 18th century. Their collection features over 30,000 volumes, including first editions and books of rare beauty, making them one of the most significant bookshops in the world. They also hold regular events and tarot readings online and in-store for those interested. Watkins’ online shopping platform makes it easy for customers to browse and purchase their books from anywhere. It is, without a doubt, a bucket destination for the occult and spiritual lovers. For more information, check out their website


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