Monday 12 April 2021

When London's Esoteric Shops Are Opening Their Doors

With non-essential retailers now allowed to open for customers, I'm delighted to say that most of London's esoteric shops and witchcraft suppliers are welcoming customers back in person. Here's a list with the details:

Atlantis Bookshop
The Atlantis Bookshop will be opening its doors once more on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10.30am to 6pm, starting Thursday, 15th April. Bali and Geraldine (pictured, photo supplied by Atlantis) will be working from home Monday to Wednesday each week, so you can still phone and email to order books. Geraldine and Bali thanked their customers and friends for all the messages of thanks and support during the downtime and said: "To say we are excited to be able to get back to Museum Street and see you, our dear and wonderful customers, is an understatement. We cannot wait to see you all in real life again soon." Atlantis Bookshop is at 49a Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LY. You can still order books by phoning 020 7405 2120 or emailing and you can visit the Atlantis website for more details and sign up for a newsletter.

Buddha on a Bicycle
This shop selling Buddhist and Hindu items as well as crystals is open again on 12th April.  A message on its website said: "To celebrate our re-opening from April 12th, for one week only every BOAB customer who buys online or in-shop will be given a 10 per cent discount, free tote bag and a BOAB badge. Welcome back!" Buddha on a Bicycle is at 27 Endell St, West End, London, WC2H 9BA.

Crofton Books
I've been reliably informed that Crofton Books, which sells both vintage and new books and is part of Tion Media, has a great esoteric section. It is open as of 13 April and is at 315 Brockley Road, London SE4. Visit @croftonbooks on Twitter or Crofton's Facebook page:

House of Spells
The magical merchandise shop House of Spells is physically open again, as of April 13th, with safety measures in place. You can also browse its website and get little discount online using this link: The shop is at 69-71 Charing Cross Rd, West End, London WC2H 0NE. 

Kirkdale Bookshop
While this lovely bookshop isn't specifically an esoteric store, it does have my own special blessing, so I'm delighted that I'll be able to pop in again in person to say hello to the staff. Kirkdale Bookshop is probably the oldest independent bookshop in south east London. It is the closest to where I live, and has kindly stocked my own books on magic. It is reopening its doors at 9.30am on Monday 12th April and is at 272 Kirkdale, London SE26 4RS, near Sydenham station. @KirkdaleBooks tweeted: "The end of the Kirkdale cocoon experience. Thank you for your support during this chrysalidal period. See you on Monday." You can find the website here.

Treadwell's Bookshop
Treadwell's esoteric bookshop is intending to open its doors on June 1st. The shop's wonderful stock of magic books and other items continue to be available for online shopping, as well as online events including talks and workshops. Treadwell's is at 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury. (The photo at the top shows a shelf of books at Treadwell's, including the community book I edited, Every Day Magic)

Stepping Stones of Greenwich
Stepping Stones, a mind, body, spirit shop at 97 Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9TS, re-opens on Monday 12th of April at 10am. You can pop to the shop up to 6.45pm, Monday to Sunday. . Psychics Brian, Julia, Roz and Saira will continue to work distantly by telephone, WhatsApp or Zoom video call for a while longer. For appointments call 02088532733 or email: You can find out more about its services on the website.

Mysteries of Covent Garden
This metaphysical stockist at 34 Shorts Gardens, London, WC2H 9PX is open from Monday 12th April. A message on its Facebook page said: "We can’t wait to see you lovely customers." The shops normal hours are Monday to Saturday, from 10.30am to 7pm, and on Sundays noon to 6pm. Readings via Zoom are also available or you can call 0207 240 3688 to make an appointment. You can find out more via the website.

She's Lost Control
This specialist crystal and esoteric supplies dealer is open from 12th April. The hours are Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 6pm; Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sunday, 11am to 5pm. A message on the website said: "We can’t wait to see all your lovely faces again!" The shopping sanctuary is at 74 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4QJ. She's Lost Control also runs an extensive online store and online events. You can find out more on the website.

The Astrology Shop
According to its website, the Astrology Shop is intending to open  on Monday 12th April. It has been offering a collection service so you can phone 0207 813 3051 during normal shop hours to reserve an item, then pick it up in person. The shop hours are 11am to 5pm on weekdays and 6pm at weekends. It  is at 78 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PA, You can find out more at its website.

Watkins Bookshop
Watkins re-opens on Monday 12th April, and the opening hours will be 11am to 6.30pm, seven days a week. In a tweet, @watkinsbooks said: "It’s been a long, long time coming but we are excited to welcome you all back to the shop!"  Watkins is at 19-21 Cecil Ct, London WC2N 4EZ. You can find out more about the shop at the website.

Wicca Moon

Wicca Moon of Eltham will reopen on Wednesday 14th April. Normal opening hours are 11am to 6pm from Wednesday to Saturday. You can find the witchcraft shop at 50 Well Hall Rd, Eltham, London SE9 6SH, and can also visit the website to buy magical supplies online here.  Shirlee Moon said: "We're so looking forward to welcoming you back. We are now also taking bookings for in-person readings and healings! Get in touch via our online shop, or give us a call on 020 8850 7803 to make an appointment."

13 Moons
A sister shop to Wicca Moon, 13 Moons will be reopening at the end of April at an address in Hackney Central, with  lots of offers. The shop has been providing an order-and-collect service throughout lockdown. For more details you can find 13 Moons on Facebook.

If you know of any other esoteric shops in or near London, please leave a comment with the details so I can include them in future updates.

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