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

Proper devices for a lady's dress
Tuesday 16 October 1.30pm
Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner, Senior Curator of Designs at the V&A, will explore Spitalfields silks and the aesthetics and politics that were woven into them.

Curious crafts at Dr Johnson's House
Saturday 20 October 2 - 4pm
A drop in children's arts and crafts workshop

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 7 November, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Our latest exhibition, Curious Travellers: Dr Johnson and Thomas Pennant on Tour is now open! Find out more here.

Dictionary Corner

Traveller. n.s.  [travailleur, Fr. from travel]
1. One who goes on a journey, a wayfarer.

'The wary traveller wand’ring that way, Therein did often quench his thirsty heat.' Spenser.

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