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

Johnson and Language change
Wednesday 6 February 7pm
Author Lane Greene joins us from the Economist for an evening talk

Love and Passion in the 18th Century
Wednesday 13 February 7pm
Author Julie Peakman offers a journey through the vast amount of amatory pleasures on offer in the eighteenth century.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 6 February, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Last chance to see our Curious Travellers before it closes on 12th January.

Dictionary Corner

FRORNE. adj. [bevrozen, Frozen, Dutch.]

1. Frozen; congealed with cold. Obsolete
O, my heart-blood i well nigh frorne I feel, 
And my galage grown fast to my heel. Spenser's Past

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