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 & 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 July

Help us to maintain the tea-drinking tradition in Johnson's Parlour with a free cuppa at 3pm.

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


Closure on Thursday 28 July
The House will be closed all day on Thursday 28 July for filming for an upcoming BBC series. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Dictionary Corner

ESTIVA’TION. n.s. [from the Latin.]
The act of passing the Summer.

'The grotto is a place of shade, or estivation.' (Bacon)

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