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

Dr Johnson's guide to Life
Thursday 28 June 7pm
Henry Hitchings explores the enduring subjects that preoccupied Johnson.

Rhyme and Reason present: The Occasional Poet
Wednesday 18 July 7pm
An evening exploring words and the art of writing in the historic house where Dr Samuel Johnson penned his famous Dictionary. 

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 4 July, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Monday 11th June: Please note that the House will be closed for maintenance.

Dictionary Corner

Informa'tion. n.s.  [informatio, Lat. from inform.]

1. Intelligence given; instruction.

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