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

Boswell and The First World War: When Kaiser Wilhelm met Dr Johnson
Tuesday 10 May, 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm)

Gordon Turnbull will discuss Johnson's role in a little known moment in early 20-C. Anglo-German diplomacy.

After Hours at Dr Johnson's House
Thursday 12 May, 5.30 - 8pm (drop-in)
Spend a summer's eve exploring the four floors of 17 Gough Square as part of Museums at Night 2016.

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


Summer Opening Hours
The House will be open from 11am - 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, from Tuesday 3 May onwards.

Dictionary Corner

A writer of lives ; a relator not of the history of nations, but of the actions of particular persons.

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