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

Collecting Johnson
From 1 July onwards
Our first major exhibition of the year features a selection of Johnsoniana within private collections.

Dr Johnson's House - After Hours
Thursday 27 July until 8.30pm
A rare chance to visit the House in the evening!

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


Volunteer with us!
We are recruiting volunteers to assist with our exhibition programme, click the link above for more details.

Dictionary Corner

COLLE'CTOR. n.s. [collector, Latin.]
1. A gatherer; he that collects scattered things together.
2. A compiler; one that gathers scattered pieces into one book.

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