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Past Exhibitions

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Free Tea at Three

Every Wednesday in January at 3pm

Enjoy a cuppa in Dr Johnson's parlour, and ask the curators your questions about the House, tea drinking or Johnson himself. Tea is included in the admission price. Why not come along!

No need to book, free with standard admission price.

Hester Thrales sugar bowl

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David Garrick's Library

Wednesday 17 January 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm)

The 1823 sale catalogue of David Garrick’s general library reveals the breadth of his intellectual and literary interests, his patronage of contemporary writing, and his engagement with the rare book trade. Following an overview of the library’s contents, this talk will consider Garrick’s controversial decision to bequeath his books to his nephew (the important collection of old English plays, the actor left to the British Museum), Robert Saunders’ 10-day sale of the library in April-May 1823, and the location of Garrick’s books today.
Nicholas Smith is author of 'An Actor’s Library: David Garrick, Book Collecting and Literary Friendships' (Oak Knoll, 2017) and curator of the V&A display ‘David Garrick: Book Collector’, September 2016 to May 2017.

Tickets £10 (Includes a complimentary glass of wine)

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David Garrick's bookplate

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Yr. Obedient Servant, Samuel Johnson

Thursday 18th January 6.30pm (Doors open 6pm)

Olivier Award-winning actor, Matthew Kelly, reads Kay Eldredge's play 'Yr. Obedient Servant, Samuel Johnson'. This production will also be performed at the Tabard Theatre in Chiwick, more details of this theatre can be found here.

Tickets £12.50 (Includes a complimentary glass of wine)
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Poster for Yr Obedient Servant

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Prints of Me: portraits of Garrick

Wednesday 31 January 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm)

David Garrick was not only a great actor-manager, scholar and collector, he was also a great self-publicist. He was the first actor to realise that the best way to become famous was for people to recognise him, and the best way to do that was to make sure that prints of his portrait were to be seen everywhere. This talk by Sheila O'Connell, curatorial advisor to Dr Johnson's House and former curator of prints at the British Museum, will discuss Garrick's friendships with artists that helped him to become the best known face outside the royal family in 18th-century Britain.

Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine

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Garrick as MacBeth

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Valentine's Day at Dr Johnson's House

Wednesday 14 February 6pm - 8pm

Join us for an evening of Valentines fun the Georgian way… but with perhaps a little (or a lot) less debauchery! Enjoy a gin punch while you learn more about the symbolism behind various flowers as you have a go at making your very own nosegay. Find out who the women in Dr Johnson’s life were and leave the House knowing just what all those romantic idioms in your many love letters really mean. Everyone welcome!

Tickets: £15 (includes a complimentary glass of gin punch)

Flowers in Dr Johnson's House

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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:

7 February

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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