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Rhyme & Reason present: The Occasional Poet

Wednesday 18th July - 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

'The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.'
Samuel Johnson

An evening exploring words and the art of writing in the historic house where Dr Samuel Johnson penned his famous Dictionary.
Poetry performance group Rhyme & Reason share works by classic and contemporary poets, from Johnson himself to Jacques Prévert, Ted Hughes and Carol Ann Duffy.

Tickets: £15 (includes a complimentary glass of wine)

Definition of lexicographer

end of sectionGin tasting at Dr Johnson's House

Thursday 30th August - 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Join us for a suitably 18th-century evening sampling a range of 6 premium gins produced in the UK and overseas, covering a variety of styles, including London Dry, Old Tom, Fruity, Navy Strength and Contemporary. Wine and spirit merchants Nickolls and Perks (est 1797) will be providing us with an evening of ‘Madame Geneva’ themed fun.
There’ll be fascinating facts about the history of the spirit and its association with London around the time of Dr Johnson, plus a short gin-related quiz with a gin-related prize. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Tickets: £30

The Recovery

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The ‘Round Robin’ in Boswell’s Life of Johnson: Thinking about Originals, Verified Copies, and The Sense of Being There

Thursday 27 September - 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

The ‘Round Robin’ is one of the most interesting documents of the Johnsonian world, and Dr. Johnson’s House now has Sir William Forbes’s contemporary copy of it on display. What is this ‘Round Robin’? How many scribal copies were made in Boswell’s lifetime, and how does the Forbes version we will see tonight relate to the others? Why was ‘getting it right’, in terms of copying the signatures of Samuel Johnson’s mutinous friends in a skilful engraving, so important to Boswell as part of creating his realistic portrait of Johnson for posterity? James J. Caudle joins us from the Robert Burns Centre, University of Glasgow to give a talk on this unusual document.

Tickets: £10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine)

Round Robin

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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:

6 June

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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