The First Floor at Dr Johnson's House. A panoramic view of the floor and contents.

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

'LiberTeas' at Dr Johnson's House
Sunday 14 June, 3 - 5pm
On the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, we will be serving free tea in the Parlour and chatting about Johnson's opinions on rights and freedoms.

Summertime Late Opening
Thursday 9 July, 5.30 - 8pm
Join us for a relaxed summer evening and your chance to view the House and collection after hours.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: July 1 2015
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Volunteering Opportunities
Dr Johnson's House Wants You!
Please see our Volunteer Page for further details.

Dictionary Corner

SU'MMER. n.s. [From 'sumer', Saxon; 'somer', Dutch.]
1. The season in which the sun arrives at the hither solstice.

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