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

"Women, War and Wassail"
Wednesday 12 December 7pm
Poetry group Rhyme and Reason return to the House

Curious Travellers: An evening of poetry and music
Friday 14 December 7pm
Welsh and Scottish poets Ifor Ap Glyn & Alec Finlay join us for an evening of poetry in conjunction with our current exhibition.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 6 February, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Our latest exhibition, Curious Travellers: Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant on Tour is now open! Find out more here.

Dictionary Corner

Traveller. n.s.  [travailleur, Fr. from travel]
1. One who goes on a journey, a wayfarer.

'The wary traveller wand’ring that way, Therein did often quench his thirsty heat.' Spenser.

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