Watkins Books is London's oldest esoteric bookshop specializing in esotericism, mysticism, occultism, oriental religion and contemporary spirituality.[1] 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. [2] The first biography of Aleister Crowley mentions that Crowley made all of the books in Watkins disappear, and magically reappear.[3]

Geoffrey Watkins (1896-1981) owned and managed the store after his father.[4] It has been suggested that Geoffrey Watkins was Churchill's astrologer; he was also an author[5] and publisher, with notable books including first publishing Carl Gustav Jung's 1925 edition of “VII Sermones ad Mortuos”[6].

In 1901, Watkins Books moved to 21 Cecil Court where it has been continuously trading ever since. It publishes a magazine called the Watkins Review, which has featured leading authors from mind-body-spirit and esoteric fields. The Spring 2011 issue of the Watkins Review, ranks the worlds top 100 most spiritually influential living people.[7][8] Watkins Books has been owned by Etan Ilfeld since March of 2010[9]. Since then, a new website has been launched, and the store regularly hosts book launches and signings for leading figures in the MBS field. Additionally, the Watkins website has integrated a spiritual map of London that everyone is invited to contribute to.

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Coordinates: 51°30′39″N 0°07′40″W / 51.5107°N 0.1277°W / 51.5107; -0.1277

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