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Wednesday 18 March, tours at 6pm and 7pm
(Doors open 15 mins before beginning of each tour)
Tickets: £10/ £8 concessions

Booking in advance only

A rare opportunity to explore the historic interiors of Dr Johnson's House by candlelight in these special curator-led twilight tours. As the season draws to a close, join us to experience a dusky evening in true Georgian-style.

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Tour, 6pm

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Library with sunlight from window

CA'NDLESTUFF. n.s. Any thing of which candles may be made ; kitchen-stuff ; grease ; tallow.
By the help of oil, and wax, and other candle-stuff, the flame may continue, and the wick not burn. (Bacon)

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Wednesday 15 April, 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Tickets: £10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine)

Calling all Language-Lovers!

Dr Johnson's House invites you to an evening of word games and Johnsoniana!
How do you define a 'politician'? From which country did the word 'gin' originate? And what on earth is a 'cameleopard'?

Put your thinking caps on and flex your lexis- prizes for the winning teams!

Wine will be available to purchase on the evening, with the proceeds going towards Dr Johnson's House.

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Title Page of 'Dictionary of the English Language' (Johnson, 1755)

DI'CTIONARY. n.s. [from the Latin.]
A book containing the words of any language in alphabetical order, with explanations of their meaning ; a lexicon ; a vocabulary ; a word-book.

An army, or a parliament, is a collection of men; a dictionary, or nomenclature, is a collection of words. (Watts)

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Thursday 14 May, 5.30 - 8pm
No need to book, do drop in!
Usual admission fee applies (includes a complimentary glass of wine)

Join us on Thursday 14 May for a special chance to discover the historic interior of Dr Johnson's eighteenth-century townhouse, after hours.
Visit all four floors of the House before enjoying a complimentary glass of wine and wiling away a spring evening in our atmospheric Withdrawing Room, as Johnson himself would have done.

Part of the Museums at Night festival.

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Garret in the evening

E'VENING. n.s. [from the Saxon and Dutch.]
The close of the day ; the beginning of night.

Mean time the sun descended from the skies,
And the bright evening star began to rise.

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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:

Feb 4, March 4, April 1

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

Payment 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.

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