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

London - Flower of Cities All
Wednesday 12 September 7pm
Join us for a evening sampling a range of premium gins produced in the UK and overseas.

The Round Robin in Boswell's Life of Johnson
Thursday 27 September 7pm
James J. Caudle joins us from the Robert Burns Centre, University of Glasgow to give a talk on this unusual document.

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


Our new exhibition opens on Friday 5 October, find out more about 'Curious Travellers' here.

Dictionary Corner

Traveller. n.s.  [travailleur, Fr. from travel]
1. One who goes on a journey, a wayfarer.

'The wary traveller wand’ring that way, Therein did often quench his thirsty heat.' Spenser.

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