The First Floor at Dr Johnson's House. A panoramic view of the floor and contents.

Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson's House is a charming 300-year-old townhouse, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys in the historic City of London.  Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit, lived and worked here in the middle of the eighteenth century, compiling his great Dictionary of the English Language in the Garret.

Today, the House is open to the public with a collection relating to Johnson, a research library, restored interiors and a wealth of original features. Often described by visitors as a hidden gem, 17 Gough Square is a tranquil spot in the midst of the bustling City.


Forthcoming events at Dr Johnson's House

Dead Men's Houses: Portraying Literary Lives
Thursday 11 September, 7pm

An illustrated talk and tour by our Curator

Open House
Saturday 20 September 11am - 6.30pm

Free entry all day as part of London Open House.

Dr Johnson and Edmund Burke
Wednesday 15 October, 7.30pm

A talk by Jesse Norman MP


Dr Johnson's House needs you!

We are currently looking for volunteers to help support the House in a variety of roles. More info here.

Dictionary Corner

VOLUNTEE'R n. s. [volontaire, Fr]

A soldier who enters into the service of his own accord.

London Shh... logo Link to London Shh website National Trust Partner logo with oak leaf Dr Johnson's House is an Accredited Museum