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Heritage Open Days

Sunday 15th September 11am - 5.30pm

As part of Heritage Open Days, the UK's biggest annual celebration of cultural heritage, we're opening our doors to visitors for free on Sunday 15 September. Explore all four floors of the House, view a host of original period features; dress-up as a Georgian lady or gentleman; and browse a facsimile copy of Johnson's monumental Dictionary- you might even learn a new word! 

You can find out about all the HOD events here.

No need to book, just turn up on the day - entry is free of charge!

The withdrawing room

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Open House Weekend

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 11am - 5.30pm

Visit us for FREE as part of Open House London- the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design. View a wealth of original architectural features, including our surviving 18th-century security system and famous 'swinging panels' on the open-plan first floor. The Curators will be giving regular short architectural talks throughout the day. 
Open House weekend can be very busy so please expect a short wait to enter the House. 

No need to book, just turn up on the day!
Visitors in the library

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Meditation on the Meeting of Flora Macdonald and Dr Johnson during his Journey to the Western Isles

Thursday 17th October 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Flora Fraser will reflect on the pivotal meeting, in 1773, of the Scottish heroine with Dr Johnson and James Boswell at her home in Skye. The travellers hungered for an account of her youthful adventures in 1746 with Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Flora Fraser pays tribute to Dr Johnson as a guest in the Macdonald house in Skye who recognised the sterling worth of his hostess. Shortly after this visit, the Scottish heroine, in pursuit of economic stability, emigrated with her family to the new world. Only months after their arrival in North Carolina, all stability vanished with the outbreak of the American Revolution. In the very year that Johnson’s Journey was published -stimulating interest in the history of the ’45 Rising - the acknowledged heroine of the Jacobite rebellion was once more caught up in civil war.
            Flora Fraser, historical biographer, is at work on a new life of Flora Macdonald, to be published next year. Her previous books include Princesses: The Daughters of George III and George & Martha Washington: A Revolutionary Marriage.

Tickets £10 - includes a complimentary glass of wine

Dr Johnson and Flora MacDonald

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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:

2 October

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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