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Every Tuesday in January, 3pm
Tea is free after usual admission charge
No booking required

Dr Johnson is famed for his love of the hot liquid he claimed could 'amuse the idle, relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence.' Known to have drunk up to twenty-two cups in one sitting, Johnson was an advocate for tea at a time when its merits were being hotly debated in society.

Drop by for a cuppa and help to maintain the tea-party tradition in Johnson's historic parlour.

TEA. n.s. A Chinese plant, of which the infusion has lately been much drunk in Europe.
One has a design of keeping an open tea-table. (Addison)

Mrs Thrale's teapot, Meissen porcelain, c.1755-60. White with pink and green design
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Friday 13 February, 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm)
A talk by Dr Lindsey Fitzharris

This event is now SOLD OUT

For more info on upcoming projects and events involving Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, please visit her website.

On Friday the 13th, Dr Lindsey Fitzharris will explore superstitions and myths about the body in history.
What were the medical reasons behind drinking blood in the past? How exactly could the hand of an executed criminal help you avoid police detection? And why did people consume crushed mummies in the 18th century?

Join us at Dr Johnson's House from 7pm on Friday 13 February to learn more about corpse medicine!

Dr Lindsey Fitzharris holds a PhD in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology from the University of Oxford and was granted a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Wellcome Trust in 2010.
Lindsey is the author and creator of The Chirugeon's Apprentice, a website dedicated to the horrors of pre-anaesthetic surgery which has received over 1 million hits. A host of Historic Punch, Lindsey is also the writer and presenter of the YouTube series, Under the Knife, which takes a humorous look back into our medical past. She recently launched a new project called Grave Matters, with Chris Skaife, the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London, which looks at the history of crime, punishment and executions.

Detail of Hogarth's 'The Death'
Detail of Hogarth's 'The Death'

FREAK. n.s. 2. A sudden fancy ; a humour ; a whim ; a capricious prank.
She is restless and peevish, and sometimes in a freak will instantly change her habitation. (Spectator)

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Wednesday 18 March, tours at 6pm and 7pm
(Doors open 15 mins before beginning of each tour)
£10/ £8 concessions

Booking in advance only

A rare opportunity to explore the historic interiors of Dr Johnson's House by candlelight in these special curator-led twilight tours. As the season draws to a close, join us to experience a dusky evening in true Georgian-style.

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Tour, 7pm:

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Library with sunlight from window

CA'NDLESTUFF. n.s. Any thing of which candles may be made ; kitchen-stuff ; grease ; tallow.
By the help of oil, and wax, and other candle-stuff, the flame may continue, and the wick not burn. (Bacon)

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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, 3pm

Next walks:

Feb 4 2015 (Please note there is no walk in January)

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

Payment 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.

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