Shakespeare in the 18th century: Johnson, Garrick and friends

Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson's House is a charming 300-year-old townhouse, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys in the historic City of London.  Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit, lived and worked here in the middle of the eighteenth century, compiling his great Dictionary of the English Language in the Garret.

Today, the House is open to the public with a collection relating to Johnson, a research library, restored interiors and a wealth of original features. Often described by visitors as a hidden gem, 17 Gough Square is a tranquil spot in the midst of the bustling City.

Forthcoming Events

A Garrick Club Miscellany
Thursday 26 November, 7pm (doors open 6.15pm)
A talk by Dr Moira Goff pursuing Garrick and Shakespeare through the Garrick Club's collections.

An Audience With... A Guest Line-Up of Shakesperean Actors
Sunday 29 November, 6.30pm (doors open 5.30pm)
An evening of bardolatry featuring recitals of personal favourites from a special line-up of actors & actresses.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 2 December, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide


Shop Offer for Dr Johnson's Reading Circle
Delighted to offer a 10% discount on books on the reading list to attendees of Dr J's Reading Circle.
Pop in to our shop to browse!

Dictionary Corner

A word of reproach in Shakespeare, which seems to signify a fop ; a man decked out by his barber. 

London Shh... logo Link to London Shh website National Trust Partner logo with oak leaf Dr Johnson's House is an Accredited Museum