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Gin 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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London - Flower of Cities All

Wednesday 12th September - 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Colin Pinney narrates an off-beat tour of the capital from Prison to Palace, via a few bridges, several disastrous fires, four thousand tons of gold, nine windmills, seven ravens and two cats. The programme springs a few surprises - even for locals. For ex-Londoners it should evoke many memories and for would-be visitors is an entrancing travelogue. Colin has played in Shakespeare, Shaw and Aldwych farce and has directed plays both here and in America. He has been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company and was co-author of the English version of Mazeppa, presented at the London Coliseum. Colin founded Marchurst Productions, creating shows which brought to life characters of History Literature and Romance. These have been given at venues in America, including Harvard, and in London at Dr Johnson’s House and the National Portrait Gallery.

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

London Flower of Cities All

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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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Proper Devices for a Lady's Dress: Commissioning, Designing and Consuming Spitalfields Silks

Tuesday 16th October - 1.30pm

Makers and consumers of Spitalfields silks alike were motivated on the one hand by fashion and novelty and on the other by ideas of good design and even patriotism. Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner, Senior Curator of Designs at the V&A, will explore these sumptuous silks and the aesthetics and politics that were woven into them.

This event is part of the Huguenot Month Festival, for more information please click here.

Entry to the talk is included with standard admission price. Seats are limited so please arrive in good time.

Design for woven silk

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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:

1 August

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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