The First Floor at Dr Johnson's House. A panoramic view of the floor and contents.

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 at Dr Johnson's House

Tea at Three
Every Tuesday in August at 3pm

Join our curators for a cup of tea in the Parlour.

Dead Men's Houses: Portraying Literary Lives
Thursday 11 September, 7pm

An illustrated talk and tour by our Curator

Dr Johnson Walks
1st Wednesday of the month, 3pm

Explore Fleet Street and the City with a qualified City Guide. Next walk September 3.


We are delighted to have acquired a 1st edition of Johnson's London: A Poem for our library.

Find out more on our collections pages

Dictionary Corner

PARLOUR n. s. A room in houses on the first floor, elegantly furnished for reception or entertainment.

London Shh... logo Link to London Shh website National Trust Partner logo with oak leaf Dr Johnson's House is an Accredited Museum