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Dr Johnson's House - After hours

Thursday 27 July until 8.30pm

A rare opportunity to explore the historic interior of Dr Johnson’s eighteenth-century townhouse, at twilight, in this special late-night opening. Experience a summer evening in true Georgian-style.  All four floors of the House will remain open for visitors to view our current displays and you’ll have the chance to listen to the curators tell you more about Johnson, his contemporaries and literary London.

Head to the top of the House for a chance to our exhibition, 'Collecting Johnson', which features Johnsoniana from a variety of private collectors. Alongside a variety of paintings, we have brought together personal items such as James Boswell’s snuff box, letters in Johnson’s own hand, and a never before seen x-ray of what lies beneath the surface of a little known portrait of Johnson.

No booking necessary, normal admission.

Dr Johnson's House at twilight

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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.

London a Poem

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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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