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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!

We are pleased to announce that the House is now open! We will be taking bookings for visits on Fridays and Saturdays, which you can buy online here.
We can't wait to welcome you back to the House, and look forward to seeing you soon!
You can read more about how we're keeping our visitors, staff and volunteers safe on our visit page.

Support the House

Since March, Dr Johnson’s House has lost almost all of our income due to covid-19 closure, This is hitting hard and will continue to impact us in the months ahead. We would be grateful for any support you would like to give us during this time. Find out more and donate.

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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