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

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

A talk by Prof Robert DeMaria Jr.

Festive Food Through the Ages
Thursday 11 December, 7pm

A talk and demonstration by Emma Kay

Dr Johnson Walk
Wednesday 3 December, 3pm

Explore the courts and alleys of Fleet Street


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Dictionary Corner

COLLE'CTOR n.s. A gatherer; he that collects scattered things together.

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