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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

Stephen Fry has joined us as the new Patron of Dr Johnson’s House, London.Read more about this exciting news and about what Johnson means to Stephen 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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