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

Tabea Debus - Album launch
Tuesday 10 April
Recorder player Tabea gives a performance of Telemann to celebrate the release of her new album.

In the Garret with Dr Johnson
Wedsday 16 May 6.30pm
Join Adrian Mourby for a talk on the writer's room. 

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 4 April, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Dr Johnson's House at the London Landmarks Half Marathon: We're on the LLHM route this year, head to Fetter Lane on 25 March to see what we're up to whilst supporting the runners!

Dictionary Corner

Jo'gger. n.s. [from jog.]
1. One who moves heavily and dully.

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