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A Guide to Occult London

If the occult can be defined as a secret knowledge of the hidden and supernatural, then London can claim to be one of the great occult cities. Occultism in London goes as far back as the city itself. Julius Caesar could attest to this, having been alarmed by rituals such as the burning of prisoners in wicker men when he first arrived in Britain in 55 BC. Despite the spread of Christianity, this sort of paganism survived in the city until William the Conqueror built the Tower of London; its location on Tower Hill was itself a sacred site of pagan ritual. Londoners have reported occultish occurrences and sightings in every century since then. Here is an introduction to some of the important figures, myths, and places in the city’s history.

Robert Greer is a London-based writer with an interest in alternative histories. He works at Dennis Severs' House.