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

Elizabeth Carter - An exhibit
From 6 April onwards
A selection of objects are now on display to mark the tercentenary of the great classicist.

An introduction to Elizabeth Carter
Saturday 13 May, 2.20pm and 4pm
A free talk to accompany our current exhibit.

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


Bank holiday opening hours
We will be closed on Monday 1 May, reopening Tuesday 2 May.

Dictionary Corner

CE'NTENARY. n.s. [centenarius, Lat.]
1. The number of a hundred.
In every centenary of years from the creation, some small abatement should have been made. Hakewell on Providence.

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