The First Floor at Dr Johnson's House. A panoramic view of the floor and contents.

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.


Check our events page for news and updates about our Events Programme here at Dr Johnson's House.

Events are usually held in our Garret, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You can reserve seats online, by post or you can always pop into the house, too.

Do drop in Monday to Saturday (11- 5pm) throughout the year for more information on Johnson, his life and works, his circle of friends and, of course, his great Dictionary.


Fancy hosting your own party at Dr Johnon's House?

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Dictionary Corner

EA’STER n.s. [from Saxon, Dutch]

The day on which the Christian church commemorates our Saviour’s resurrection.

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