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

Late-Night Opening
Thursday 14 May, 5.30 - 8pm
As part of the Museums at Night festival, discover the Georgian interior of Dr Johnson's House, after hours.

Francis Barber: Jamaican Slave and Samuel Johnson's Heir
Thursday 21 May, 7pm (doors open 6.15pm)
Michael Bundock, author and a Director of Dr Johnson's House, will be discussing Barber's extraordinary life.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: May 6 2015
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


This spring, we are celebrating 260 years since the publication of Johnson's Dictionary with a special temporary display in the Library: Early Dictionaries.
Do drop by!

Dictionary Corner

NIGHT. n.s. [from the Gothick, Saxon and French]
1. The time of darkness; the time from sun-set to sun-rise.
2. The end of the day of life; death

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