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

Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers Thursday 30 January
Join author Peter Fiennes as he talks about his latest book.

London’s Theatre of The East: Women Writing Back Thursday 6 February
Join us at a special London’s Theatre of The East event exploring the significance of ‘women writing women’.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 5 February, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


London's Theatre of the East - Find out more about our current exhibition and visit before it closes on 14 February.

Job Opportunity

Dr Johnson's House Trust is now recruiting for the role of Curator during the maternity leave of our Donald Hyde Curator. Further information on the position and how to apply is available here

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