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

A Random Dictionary: Art & Language workshop
Saturday 28 May, 11am
Join our Artist in Residence for a free ESOL workshop engaging with words, language and dictionary-writing.

Living in Dr Johnson's House
Saturday 28 May, 2pm

A free lunchtime talk exploring the working lives of the female custodians of Dr Johnson's House who occupied the 'Curator's Cottage' during the 20th century.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 1 June, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide


Dr Johnson's Reading Circle 2016-17
Book now for the Circle's second year!
Annual subscriptions have sold out in advance but a limited number of tickets for individual meetings are available.

Dictionary Corner

A writer of lives ; a relator not of the history of nations, but of the actions of particular persons.

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