The First Floor at Dr Johnson's House. A panoramic view of the floor and contents.

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

Francis Barber: Jamaican Slave and Samuel Johnson's Heir
Thursday 21 May, 7pm (doors open 6.15pm)
Michael Bundock, author and a Director of Dr Johnson's House, will be discussing Barber's extraordinary life.

'Made According to the Mode'
Thursday 4 June, 7pm (doors open 6.15pm)
This talk by Beatrice Behlen will consider the clothes worn by London's 'middling sort' in the 18th century.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: June 3 2015
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


We are delighted that a new adaptation of Rasselas, Johnson's only novel, was recently recorded in the House by BBC Radio 4. Amber Barnfather, the director, blogs about the experience here.

Dictionary Corner

HEIR. n.s. [heire, old French; Latin.]
1. One that is inheritor of any thing after the present possessor.
2. One newly inheriting an estate.

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