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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.

Dr Johnson's House
is currently closed

We are sorry to announce that we have had to postpone reopening due to the recent government announcements. We will reopen as soon as is possible and look forward to welcoming you back to Gough Square.

Support the House

Since March, Dr Johnson’s House has lost almost all of our income due to covid-19 closure, This is hitting hard and will continue to impact us in the months ahead. We would be grateful for any support you would like to give us during this time. Find out more and donate.

Dictionary Corner

To CLEANSE (CLEANSE) v.a. [claensian, Saxon.] 1. To free from filth or dirt, by way of washing or rubbing.
3. To free from noxious tumours by purgation

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