Store Street, in Bloomsbury, used to house offices of the British Library, and is now home to Treadwells book store.
The only word to describe this shop is “esoteric”. When I visited last week, there was a display of Russian literature near the door, and there are also miscellaneous books on travel, history, poetry and biographies. Its real speciality though is cultural history and esoteric belief. You’ll find books on paganism, fortune-telling, folklore, occult text, paranormal study journals and tarot cards. In addition to the books, there are old engravings, candles, incense, ceremonial daggers, wooden wands and ethnic jewellery.
At the back of the store is a cosy sofa where you can sit and browse, and the staff are more than happy to help with your choices.
The store also organises a busy programme of events, including walking tours, tarot and astrology classes, talks, films, plays and incense making workshops.
Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS
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