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

Collecting Johnson
Our first major exhibition of the year features a selection of Johnsoniana within private collections.

Gleanings from the First Edition of the Life of Johnson
Tuesday 10 October
Join author Terry Seymour for a discussion of how Boswell’s first edition of The Life of Johnson was published.

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


Volunteer with us!
We are recruiting volunteers to assist with our exhibition programme, click the link above for more details.

Dictionary Corner

To AGGLO'MERATE. v.a. [agglomero, Lat.]
1. To gather up in a ball, as thread.
2. To gather together.

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