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

The Art of the Eighteenth Century Obituary Wednesday 8 April - 7pm
Join Dr Rebecca Bullard to discover what 18th-century obituaries can tell us about the world in which Samuel Johnson lived and worked.

Whigs in Wigs
Saturday 30 May - 2pm

Find out more about fashion and Politics in the 18th century from Katie Godman.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Saturday 7 March, 2pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Women Writing Back - The live recording of our London's Theatre of The East event, Women Writing Back, is now available to listen to Soundcloud.

Dictionary Corner

JU’NCATE. n.s. [juncade, French; gioncata, Italian] 1.Cheesecake; a kind of sweetmeat of curds and sugar 2. Any delicacy.

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