Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson's House is a charming 300-year-old townhouse, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys in the historic City of London.  Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit, lived and worked here in the middle of the eighteenth century, compiling his great Dictionary of the English Language in the Garret.

Today, the House is open to the public with a collection relating to Johnson, a research library, restored interiors and a wealth of original features. Often described by visitors as a hidden gem, 17 Gough Square is a tranquil spot in the midst of the bustling City.

Forthcoming Events

Samuel Johnson and the Rhythm of the Lives.
Monday 17 June 7pm
Philip Smallwood offers a critical reflection on Johnson’s Lives of the Poets (1779-81).

Lady in a Veil
Thursday 1 August 7pm
Join us for a solo show performed by Georgina Lock, in the character of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 5 June, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Visit our new exhibition on Samuel Johnson's final major work: Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets (1779-81).

Dictionary Corner

TEMPEST. n.s. [tempeste, Fr. tempestas, Latin]

1. The utmost violence of the wind.
2. Any tumult; commotion; perturbation.

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