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

London's Theatre of The East
Friday 8 November onwards
This exhibition examines the historical connections of the Middle East and North Africa and London

London's Theatre of The East - Events programme
From 8 November onwards
Find out more about the events we've got coming up to coincide with our current exhibition.

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


Christmas closures: Please note that the House will be closed from Monday 23rd December, reopening on Thursday 2nd January. We will also close at 1pm on Thursday 19th December for our volunteer Christmas outing.

Dictionary Corner

STERNUTA'TION, n.s. [sternutatio, Latin].

The act of sneezing.

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