Shakespeare in the 18th century: Johnson, Garrick and friends

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

Curators' Tour of Exhibition (FREE with admission)
Every Saturday, 2pm (except 29 Aug. & 19 Sept.)
Discover the interesting stories behind items on temporary display in a tour of the current exhibition.

Johnson & Drury Lane: The Imaginative Genius of its Three-Sided Stage (FREE with admission)
Saturday 29 August, 2pm
Performer and director Mark Howell will discuss the role of the three-sided stage in 18th-century theatre.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 2 September, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


250 years of Johnson's Shakespeare
To celebrate this anniversary, we will be hosting an exhibition & lively events programme: 'Shakespeare in the 18th century: Johnson, Garrick and friends.'

Dictionary Corner

BARD. n.s. [bardd, Welsh.]
A poet.

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