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How migration made London, from the days of Dr Johnson
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A talk by Susie Symes as part of the Huguenots Threads 2014
Thursday July 17th (7pm, doors open 6.15pm)

Dr Johnson House is proud to be part of Huguenots Threads 2014

Come and discover the influence of trade and migration to city Johnson first discovered for himself in 1737. His first impressions of London led to the memorable line in his London: A Poem:

This mournful truth is everywhere confessed,
Slow rises worth, by poverty depressed

Tickets: £5, includes glass of wine after talk.

Susie Symes is a engaging speaker, an economist, and campaigner. She is currently Chair of Europe's oldest museum of immigration, 19 Princelet Street. Regular broadcaster and commentator, she previously held senior posts in HM Treasury, the European Commission, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Follow Susie and 19 Princelet St on Twitter @19pst @susiesymes1

Detail from The Harlot's Progress by Hogarth: The Jew, the Mistress and the Lover


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An Evening of 18th-Century Junketing, in aid of Dr Johnson's House
Friday 25 July 2014 6.30pm

Join us for an Evening of 18th-Century junketing, in aid of Dr Johnson’s House: featuring guest speakers Dr. JONATHAN FOYLE, the acclaimed TV architecture historian; and the estimable Antiques Roadshow expert Mr. LARS THARP; with bawdy Georgian ditties supplied by peerless musician Mr. DAVID OWEN NORRIS. Plus: Silent Charity Auction, Charity Raffle, and lashings of fortifying punch, laced with the most excellent HENDRICK’S GIN.

Tickets to this Special Event go on sale
on MONDAY 30TH JUNE at NOON: click here for ticketing

Attendees are urged to book early to avoid disappointment!

We are unable to reserve tickets in advance for this event, and cannot take bookings in person or by telephone.


In the 18th century, the SALON was the place for socialites to gather and discuss politics, philosophy, history and literature. They were credited with supporting the French Revolution, invigorating politics, and engendering the age of the Romantics. Headed by charismatic hostesses such as Elizabeth Montagu, Marie von Bruiningk, Clementia Taylor, and the author and playwright Mary Berry, salons quickly became ‘veritable hothouses of political and cultural agitation’, where mixed-gender conversation and lively debate attracted the leading thinkers of the day.

Today, Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, Adrian Teal and Rebecca Rideal evoke that same spirit with their exciting new venture, open to anyone with a passing interest in history. HISTORIC PUNCH is a regular salon for like-minded souls who revel in the glories of our rich and raucous past. While expert speakers offer lively, ten-minute orations on the given theme of the evening, guests guzzle a traditional gin punch (gin being the tipple of choice in the 18th century).

Detail from 'Chatting' by Thomas Rowlandson

Dr Johnson's House at Twilight
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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, 3pm
Next walks:

July 2
August 6
September 3
October 1
November 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

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