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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.

Dr Johnson's House
is open!

The House is now open four days a week and welcoming visitors on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

You no longer need to book in advance (unless you're coming as a group booking), ring the door bell and come in! .

Our events programme is back on - check out upcoming events here or sign up to our popular Reading Circle!

News from the House

We are participating in the OPEN HOUSE 2022 festival on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September 2022. Free entry to the House with talks about its architectural merits. Also, Stephen Fry is now the new Patron of Dr Johnson’s House, London.Read more here.

Dictionary Corner

To CLEANSE (CLEANSE) v.a. [claensian, Saxon.] 1. To free from filth or dirt, by way of washing or rubbing.
3. To free from noxious tumours by purgation

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