There’s plenty to be grateful for in London, but sometimes living in this big ol’ city can leave you feeling a little lost. Whether it’s daily yoga or detoxing day trips, everyone has their own way of finding direction – and some people take a New Age approach to answering life’s big questions.
Crystals, spiritual guides and fortune-tellers are back in fashion, with tarot card readings seeing a huge revival in London. Card-reading workshops are cropping up across the capital, but leave your tie-dye and crystal balls at home – this is a new generation of clairvoyants, with a modern take on tarot.
The best tarot in London
Probably the only place in London where you can get your nails done and meet up with a Wolf Sister, Still London only uses vegan and sustainable products in their beauty treatments, and also offers a range of specialist workshops on the side. Their tarot sessions are run by practitioner Tamara (aka Wolf Sister). The hour-long session seeks to guide you ‘back home to yourself using modern mysticism’, which they promise is not as mystical as you may think.
Still London, 450 Kingsland Rd. £100 for one hour.
If the only thing the future holds after £100 tarot card sessions is crippling debt, it might be worth learning how to read your own cards. A platform for spiritual and wellbeing events, you’ll find everything from chocolate meditation to womb awakening on Otherness. There’s also the Tarot Club, which takes place at a secret location in north London. Run by astrologist Zoe Hind, the workshop teaches a small group of up to eight people how to read their own tarot cards every second Tuesday of the month.
Secret location. £25. Find out more here.
The Wellness Foundry was set up last year by former fashion designer Fiongal Greenlaw after the pressures of modern life led him to spiritual and psychic exploration. The alternative healing centre now offers a range of left-field workshops, including one-to-one tarot readings – and for the time-short truth-seeker, Fiongal even offers a convenient telephone service.
Wellness Foundry, Denmark Hill. £60 for one hour. Find out more here.
A boutique bookshop and cultural centre for those with an interest in spirituality, culture, religion and divination, Treadwells is the perfect setting for an afternoon of card reading. Be your own soothsayer and learn the ropes of tarot with tutor Sue Terry. Just bring your own deck of cards and strap in for four and a half hours of fortune-telling fun with Tarot Cards Introduced (£40). You can also book tarot readings seven days a week at Treadwells.
Treadwells, 33 Store St. Tarot readings £70 for an hour, £40 for 30 minutes. Book here.
Islington Townhouse is the London hangout space of global skincare brand Crabtree & Evelyn. Inside you’ll find a selection of local wellness practitioners running workshops to soothe the soul – terrarium-making, sound healing, disco yoga and tarot reading. The session, hosted by Meriel of Still Point Studios, promises a healing haven from the noisy confusion of life.
Crabtree & Evelyn Islington Townhouse, 294 Upper St. £15 for 30 minutes. Find out more here.
Billing themselves as the voice of modern soulseekers, She’s Lost Control is a lifestyle brand that’s more polished that Mystic Meg’s crystal ball. The shop sells homemade skincare, healing crystals and vases wood-fired in Bali, while the group run a varied line-up of spiritual workshops. Slow Down Monday is an evening of crystal grids, yin yoga and essential oils, rounded off with an oracle card – kind of like a tarot card, but offering a wider, more general reading.
She’s Lost Control, 42 Valentine Rd. £15.
What do Kim Kardashian West, Tracey Emin and Larry King all have in common? Why, they’ve all been to see the Psychic Sisters, of course. This group of tarot card readers are the big international players of the clairvoyant world. Run by Jane Wallace, they appeared in all the glossy mag titles after they landed a spot in Selfridges, and now offer sessions in London, Birmingham and LA. If it’s good enough for Kim, it’s good enough for us.
Selfridges, 400 Oxford St. From £70 per half hour, £120 for a session with Wallace. Find out more here.