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Past Exhibitions

London - A Poem

2pm Thursday 24 August and Saturday 2nd September

London - A Poem is an ‘imitation’ (or modernisation) of 2nd century AD satirist Juvenal’s work, updated to reflect 18th- century socio-political issues, and demonstrates how Johnson was inspired by the classical writers. To coincide with the City of London’s Roman season, join the Curator for a talk on Dr Johnson’s first independently published poem, commissioned by Robert Dodsley, who would later jointly commission Johnson’s monumental Dictionary of the English Language.

Free of charge with normal admission price. Meet in the library on the second floor. Limited seating is available, with additional room for standing.


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Heritage Open Days

Sunday 10 September 11am - 5pm

As part of Heritage Open Days, the UK's biggest annual grassroots celebration of cultural heritage, we're opening our doors to visitors for FREE on Sunday 10 September. Explore all four floors of the late 17th-century house once home to Dr Samuel Johnson; view a host of original period features; dress-up as a Georgian lady or gentleman; and browse a facsimile copy of Johnson's monumental Dictionary- you might even learn a new word!
No need to book, just turn up on the day!

You can find out about all the HOD events here.

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Open House at Dr Johnson's House

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 11am - 5pm

Visit us for FREE as part of Open House London- the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design. View a wealth of original architectural features, including our surviving 18th-century security system and famous 'swinging panels' on the open-plan first floor. The Curators will be giving regular short architectural talks throughout the day.
Open House weekend can be very busy so please expect a short wait to enter the House.
No need to book, just turn up on the day!

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Dr Johnson’s Birthday Supper with The Georgian Dining Academy

Thursday 28 September - £85 per person

Miss B & Miss Kitty Pridden of the Georgian Dining Academy return to 17 Gough Square to offer another special celebration event with Dr Johnson’s House to celebrate the literary legend’s birthday. Join us for an evening of conviviality and enjoy delicious 18th-century inspired dining, with a three-course meal with wine in the Withdrawing Room. Throughout the evening you will hear short talks about the life in the house during the time of Dr Johnson. In true Georgian style, we will be encouraging gambling with chocolate coins at your tables, the perfect way to wind down the evening accompanied by port and cheese.

Find out more, and book tickets here.

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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 walk:

5 July

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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