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

Free Tea at Three
Every Tuesday in January, 3pm

Join us for a cup of tea and a chat in the historic parlour of one of Britain's greatest tea lovers.

Freaky Friday
Friday 13 February, 7pm
This event is now SOLD OUT

Medical historian, Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, will explore superstitions & myths about the body in history.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Feb 4 2015
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Dr Johnson's House Wants You!
Read the blogs of two of our former volunteers and find out about current volunteering opportunities at the House.

Dictionary Corner

To SUPPO'RT. v.a. 1. To sustain ; to prop ; to bear up.

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