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

Dr Johnson's House and the Two Great Fires of London: 1666 and 1940 From 1 July onwards
On the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire, we celebrate 17 Gough Square's unique associations with the Fire Services with a special display of archival material.

Free tea at Three
Every Wednesday in January
Join us for a cuppa and help us maintain the tea party tradition in Dr Johnson's historic parlour.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 7 December, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

News

The House on Screen: Dr Johnson's House features in BBC2's Black and British: A Forgotten History Hear Francis Barber's story and see his former home on tv.

Dictionary Corner

FROST. n.s. [Saxon]
1. The last effect of cold; the power or act of congelation
2. The appearance of plants and trees sparkling with congelation of dew


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