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Free Tea at Three

Every Wednesday in July, 3pm

Dr Johnson’s House has hosted its fair share of tea-parties in its 300-year-history, not least for the members of the Auxiliary Fire Services who were based at the House during the Second World War.

Learn more by visiting our special display, ‘Dr Johnson’s House and the Two Great Fires of London: 1666 and 1940’, before helping us to maintain the tea-drinking tradition today with a free cuppa at 3pm.

Part of the Great Fire 350 programme.

Tea is FREE after usual admission fee
No booking required


Mrs Rowell serving tea to fire services


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Dr Johnson's Reading Circle
Summer Outing

Saturday 30 July

Join us on a summer outing to Johnson's birthplace: the historic city of Lichfield, Staffordshire.

We will be visiting the Erasmus Darwin House in the morning and the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in the afternoon, with some free time for exploring the city and its famous cathedral.

The trip is organised for Dr Johnson's Reading Circle but non-members and Johnson enthusiasts are also very welcome.

Please click here for further details, booking required


Painting of The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

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A Random Dictionary: An Art and Language Workshop

Wednesday 24 August, 2.30pm
A FREE workshop for ESOL students and anybody with a love for language

Work in collaboration with our Artist in Residence, Lorena Carbajal, to engage in a lively exploration of Dr Johnson’s great Dictionary and create your own mini-dictionary of playful words.

The workshop has been devised by the Artist as an unusual 'English and Art lesson', using Johnson's Dictionary as a starting point to play games with language. Participants will engage with with words, definitions, translations, and the illogical, focusing in particular on the theme of mistakes and mistranslations.

The workshop is run by the Artist and an experienced EFL teacher, as part of the Artist's residency at Dr Johnson's House.

To reserve your FREE place, please contact the Deputy Curator

About the Artist:

Lorena Carbajal’s artistic work and theoretical research engage with ideas of language, translation, communication and misunderstanding. During her residency at Dr Johnson’s House, Lorena will be developing an artistic project engaging with Dr Johnson’s Dictionary.


ESOL workshop

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Dr Johnson's Birthday Supper
with The Georgian Dining Academy

Thursday 22 September, 7 - 10.30pm

Miss B & Miss Kitty Pridden of The Georgian Dining Academy are delighted to offer a special collaboration event with Dr Johnson's House to celebrate the literary legend's birthday. Straying from our usual residence at Simpson's Tavern, we will be working our Georgian magic throughout the floors of this historic home to pay homage to Samuel Johnson and his many fascinating guests.

Guests will enjoy a fireless-candlelit evening of delights. Our infamous gin punch served in the Garret with some readings of Johnson's wise worlds to inspire us, under the very rafters that Johnson & six busy clerks worked tirelessly on his Dictionary. A delicious 18th-century inspired three course meal with wine served in the first floor rooms, moveable 18th-century panelling opens up to create a truly unique space where throughout the evening you will hear short talks on Johnson and his life within the house. In true Georgian style we will be encouraging the gambling of chocolate coins at your tables, the perfect way to wind down the evening with the port and cheese.

Joining us for the evening will be the delightful 18th-century expert & writer, Catherine Curzon, who will regale us with tales of 18th-century London. Many know her as Madame Gilflurt, the prolific & passionate host of the blog A Covent Garden Gilflurt's Guide to Life, where she runs her own fascinating salon on the Georgian world. The printers have recently been busy with her latest book Life in the Georgian Court, which has been received with much anticipation.

Guests are gently encouraged to dress up, the historic atmosphere of the evening is greatly enhanced with the addition of costumed diners. The Georgian Dining Academy is in no way a re-enactment, and we graciously and warmly welcome any who chose to make an effort - to whatever level that may be. Those of our guests wishing to embrace the idea of an 18th-century costume upgrade can enjoy a generous discount from West End costumiers Angel's

Tickets: £95.00
Booking required via
For any queries about the evening, please contact Miss B at georgiandining@gmail.com

Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the upkeep and preservation of Dr Johnson's House and its collections.

Georgian Dining Academy

Johnson and Flora Macdonald

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Follow in Johnson's footsteps and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

1st Wednesday of each month (except Jan.), 3pm

Next walks:

August 3, September 7, October 5

Groups may also book walks at alternative times. For any enquiries please contact us.

Dr Johnson's Fleet Street - Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and his acquaintances in the area.
Dr Johnson's City - Explore the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard areas as Johnson knew them.

£5/£4 concessions. No booking required. Meet outside Dr Johnson's House.

This is a joint venture between Dr Johnson's House and the City Guides.

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Johnson and Boswell 'Walking down the High Street' by Rowlandon

Events information

Most events sell out and tickets must be bought in advance. Card payments are processed by PayPal. We regret that we are unable to take card payments over the phone.

Customers wishing to pay by cheque should send a cheque payable to 'Dr Johnson's House Trust Ltd' to Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE. Please include your contact details. We will let you know when your cheque arrives.

Please note the House contains unavoidable steps. For more information about access, please visit our Facilities page.

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