Watkins Books is an esoteric bookshop in the heart of London. Located just off Leicester Square, Watkins is a must see if you’re on your way to the museums or the theater. Established over 100 years ago, this is one of the world’s oldest independent bookshops specializing in new and antiquarian titles in the Mind, Body, Spirit field.The book store was established by John M. Watkins, a friend of Madame Blavatsky, in 1897, at 26 Charing Cross. John Watkins had already been selling books via a catalog that he began publishing in March of 1893.
But now, over a 100 years later, it’s not just books! In addition to esoterica, Watkins offers so much more: amazing gifts, music, DVDs, tarot sessions, author readings, lectures, online videos, etc. In recent years the company has expanded into book publishing, and they have a wonderful quarterly magazine, “Watkins Mind, Body, Spirit.” Watkins has been in the top 5 of every “Spiritual Resources” list for years, and you owe it to yourself to check it out.
A trip to London is not complete for me until I have visited this store. For over 30 years I have spent many an hour sitting in a cozy nook with a stack of books on my lap, savoring the special feeling of this mystical, enchanting store.