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.


Forthcoming events at Dr Johnson's House

Dead Men's Houses: Portraying Literary Lives
Thursday 11 September, 7pm

An illustrated talk and tour by our Curator

Open House
Saturday 20 September 11am - 6.30pm

Free entry all day as part of London Open House.

Dr Johnson and Edmund Burke
Thursday 15 October, 7.30pm

A talk by Jesse Norman MP


Dr Johnson's House needs you!

If you are interested in volunteering we would love to hear from you. Find out more on our volunteering page.

Dictionary Corner

PARLOUR n. s. A room in houses on the first floor, elegantly furnished for reception or entertainment.

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