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

Whisky Tasting at Dr Johnson's House
Thursday 25 April 7pm
Join us for a special tasting of Scotch whiskies showcasing the regional styles and exploring the fascinating history of this increasingly popular spirit. 

Reynolds, Johnson, Garrick and the Art of Dress
Thursday 2 May 7pm
Jacqui Ansell joins us from Christies education for an evening talk on fashion in the 18th century.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 1 May, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Read the latest blog post from our Reading Circle and then book your tickets to the May meeting to discuss Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker.

Dictionary Corner

TEMPEST. n.s. [tempeste, Fr. tempestas, Latin]

1. The utmost violence of the wind.
2. Any tumult; commotion; perturbation.

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