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

Johnson & Garrick:
A Friendship in Constant Repair

Until 5 Feb
Our latest exhibition explores the life of 18th century actor David Garrick.

Johnson and Pope
Thursday 15 March 7pm
Join us for a joint fundraiser with the Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust. 

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 7 March, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Dr Johnson's House in film:
Watch author Imogen Hermes Gowar explain what she loves about Dr Johnson's House.

Dictionary Corner

Actor. n.s. [Actor, Lat.]
1. He that acts, or performs any thing.

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