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

Committed to their Custody
Thursday 4 July onwards
The exhibit tells the story of the female curators at Dr. Johnson’s House across the 20th century

Meditation on the Meeting of Flora Macdonald and Dr Johnson
Thursday 17 October 7pm
Flora Fraser will reflect on the pivotal meeting of the Scottish heroine with Dr Johnson and Boswell in Skye.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 2 October, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

Dictionary Corner

STERNUTA'TION, n.s. [sternutatio, Latin].

The act of sneezing.


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