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Not for Muggles - London Circuit

Those Buddhists who belong to the daka/dakini persuasion might not be interested in the very popular free 'Harry Potter walks'. My sister recently went on such a walk and as a Muggle was barely aware that Cecil Court, where Diagon Alley was partly filmed, just off Trafalgar Square, is the start/ending for something truly magical ...
https://www.visitbritain.com/gb/en/top-10-harry-potter-locations-london

This is very much my olde stomping route ...

Some things are newish, like 'Treadwells'. Some have been left off to protect the neophytes. Some like 'Mysteries' and 'Buddha on a Bicycle' are there for puffers and the easily distracted.

Tips:

  • Visit the library and museum of 'Freemasons Hall', open to Buddhists, women, muggles and maisonettes.
  • Visit the free British Museum Buddhist section - Library been rehoused, only dome left ...
  • Go downstairs in Watkins for the serious books

Who knows what you will find ... <3

Where is your magic?

Kerome

Comments

  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    In the same part of London, I believe on your map near New Oxford Street and Museum Street, there is The Forbidden Planet, the finest specialist sci-fi bookstore in the UK and probably Europe.

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    ^^ A mere few steps away from Molteni & C Dada - purveyors of some of the most striking household and business environment furnishings & fittings, good money could buy.

    I'll just sit here drinking in the merchandise by the gallon, while you browse through your (to me) unintelligible and utterly incomprehensible literature a few doors away..... Then we shall dine together, here...

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @lobster, my 'Magic' is in the hidden parks and gardens, the mysterious secret little gems rarely frequented but deeply adored by the few.... There are others, which are even more secret; I have seen them... But that would be telling....

    Fosdicklobster
  • Forbidden Planet is fun for dharma comics but only been in there twice. Too much chaotic nerd sweat and excitement for me ...

    Londons secret gardens. Indeed. B)

    For example near Convent Garden on the original map you will find three entrances (one in Kings St) to St Pauls Churchyard, where you can eat your torma with the pigeons. Not a very exciting garden but useful to know. Not much left in terms of greenery now it is renamed Covent ...

    You can get there from Watkins Bookshop by travelling alongside Koshari St (not on all maps) through the wizarding route of Goodwin's Court ...

    You will pass a Tesco's for ice cream supplies if required. ;)

    If you don't like crowds, go to the city of London (an independent state like the Vatican) on a Sunday. Empty. You are safe if wearing a hijab as the security cameras will map your every move. Be mindful, it keeps the flow ...

  • Lee82Lee82 Veteran

    Wish I'd seen this before I walked through the middle of that map last Thursday. First time in London for a while and may not be back for a few months.

  • Don't worry @Lee82 they will still be there ...
    http://www.amygarner.co.uk/spiritual-shops-in-london/

    Watkins probably has the most experienced staff, who you can email and phone. Karl I believe is still the Buddhism expert. They banned me several times :3 for asking for books that have not been written yet. However eventually my strange posters for their notice board and book requests were treated with good humour. After all eccentrics are part of their business. I became friends with some of the senior staff. I always popped in on the way to the British Library were I was doing research into time and dimensional travel ... but that is another story ...

    Live long and prosper

  • Ah, lads and lassies!
    We are all muggles and we all have a bit of the wizard within.

    Cheers!

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