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’s House will be closing to the public from Wednesday 18 March 2020 until further notice.

Unfortunately we have decided to temporarily close the House from Wednesday 18th March until further notice following Public Health England and Government advice on COVID-19. The safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers has always been our number one priority. We will monitor developments closely and
re-open as soon as it is viable to do so. We will continue to share aspects of our collection and Johnson’s story via social media - you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Dictionary Corner

JU’NCATE. n.s. [juncade, French; gioncata, Italian] 1.Cheesecake; a kind of sweetmeat of curds and sugar 2. Any delicacy.

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