Store Street, in Bloomsbury, used to house offices of the British Library, and is now home to Treadwells book store, founded in 2003.
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. Those doing research in areas of pagan and esoteric belief, there is expert help on hand, and if they can’t help with your questions they can put you in contact with a man (or woman) that can.
The store is open seven days a week and also organises a busy programme of events. There is something on most evenings, ranging from walking tours to astrology classes to talks, films and plays. You might even happen across an incense making workshop and of course tarot readings, for which they are highly regarded.
They will also be appearing at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire this August.
Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS
Originally published on our sister website Shop with Intent in April 2013.
Linked to Sundays in My City.