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

'Silver padlocks for Blacks or Dogs; collars, & c.'... Saturday 20 February, 2pm
A lunchtime talk highlighting the associations between black servants and lapdogs in 18th-century Europe.

Christ Church Cathedral and WMFB
Wednesday 24 February, 7pm
Discover the remarkable story of Christ Church Cathedral, Zanzibar, built in 1879 on the site of the last permanent slave market in East Africa.

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


'Zanzibar's Story', a touring exhibition presented by World Monuments Fund Britain opens 13 January. Accompanied by events and a special display in the House highlighting Johnson's views on slavery.

Dictionary Corner

SLAVE. n.s. [esclave, French. It is said to have its original from the Slavi, or Sclavoians, subdued and sold by the Venetians.]
1. One mancipated to a master; not a freeman; a dependant.
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