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.


Dr Johnson and Edmund Burke
Wednesday 15 October, 7.30pm

A talk by Jesse Norman MP

Soldier Poets of the First World War
Thursday 6 November, 6.30pm

A talk by Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson

Collecting the Works of Samuel Johnson: the first 250 years
Wednesday 19 November, 7pm

A talk by Prof Robert DeMaria Jr.


We have had the first group of restored prints back from the conservator this week. Take a sneak preview of the newly resplendent engraving of Mrs Montagu.

Dictionary Corner

CONSERVATION n. s. The act of preserving; care to keep from perishing; continuance; protection.

London Shh... logo Link to London Shh website National Trust Partner logo with oak leaf Dr Johnson's House is an Accredited Museum