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

Dr Johnson's Reading Circle
Tuesday 7 June, 6.30pm (doors open at 6.15pm)
Join us for a lively discussion about Fanny Burney's popular 18th-century novel, 'Evelina.'

Free Tea at Three
Every Wednesday in July (EXCEPT 13 July)

Visit our special display, 'Dr J's House and the Two Great Fires of London: 1666 & 1940', before maintaining the tea-drinking tradition in Johnson's Parlour.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 1 June, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide


Dr Johnson's Reading Circle 2016-17
Book now for the Circle's second year!
Annual subscriptions have sold out in advance but a limited number of tickets for individual meetings are available.

Dictionary Corner

ESTIVA’TION. n.s. [from the Latin.]
The act of passing the Summer.

'The grotto is a place of shade, or estivation.' (Bacon)

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