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Curious Travellers: An evening of poetry and music

Friday 14th December 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Welsh and Scottish poets Ifor Ap Glyn & Alec Finlay join us for an evening of poetry in conjunction with our current exhibition, Curious Travellers: Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant on Tour.

Ifor ap Glyn was born and brought up in London, lives in Caernarfon, and is currently the National Poet of Wales. He performs his dynamic Welsh-language poetry for audiences of all languages.

Alec Finlay is a prize-winning Scottish poet who works in a range of media. His 2013 project ‘Out of Books’ retraced the steps of Johnson and Boswell’s 1773 Tour of Scotland.

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Tea at two at Dr Johnson's House

Every Tuesday in January at 2pm, excluding New Year's Day

Enjoy a cuppa in Dr Johnson's parlour, and ask the curators your questions about the House, tea drinking, our current exhibition, or Johnson himself.

Tea is included in the admission price. Why not come along!


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Fashionable Circles? Reynolds, Johnson, Garrick and the Art of Dress

Thursday 2nd May 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Whilst Samuel Johnson may not have cared much for fashionable dress many of his friends and associates were careful to dress to impress. The fine art of fashion within his circle will be explored with special reference to the clothing of David and Eva Maria Garrick, and the portrait practice of Samuel Johnson’s close friend Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Jacqui Ansell specialised in History of Dress at the Courtauld Institute and has devised and delivered courses and talks on this subject at the National Gallery, NPG, Wallace Collection and V&A.  Having worked for many years for the Open University, Jacqui is now Senior Lecturer at Christie’s Education, and an accredited Arts Society Lecturer specialising in the history of fine and decorative art.

David Garrick by Hogarth

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Follow in Johnson's footsteps and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

1st Wednesday of each month (except Jan.), 3pm

Next walk:

5 December

Groups may also book walks at alternative times. For any enquiries please contact us.

Dr Johnson's Fleet Street - Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and his acquaintances in the area.
Dr Johnson's City - Explore the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard areas as Johnson knew them.

£5/£4 concessions. No booking required. Meet outside Dr Johnson's House.

This is a joint venture between Dr Johnson's House and the City Guides.

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Johnson and Boswell 'Walking down the High Street' by Rowlandon

Events information

Most events sell out and tickets must be bought in advance. Card payments are processed by PayPal. We regret that we are unable to take card payments over the phone.

Customers wishing to pay by cheque should send a cheque payable to 'Dr Johnson's House Trust Ltd' to Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE. Please include your contact details. We will let you know when your cheque arrives.

Please note the House contains unavoidable steps. For more information about access, please visit our Facilities page.

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