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

Dictionary Quiz Night
Wednesday 15 April, 7pm
Calling all Language-Lovers! Join us for an evening of word games and Johnsoniana to celebrate the 260th anniversary of Johnson's Dictionary.

Late-Night Opening
Thursday 14 May, 5.30 - 8pm
As part of the Museums at Night festival, discover the Georgian interior of Dr Johnson's House, after hours.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: April 1 2015
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Dr Johnson's House will be closed on Friday 17 April due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for the inconvenience and will re-open as usual on Saturday 18 April.

Dictionary Corner

QUE’STION. n. s.
1. Interrogatory; any thing enquired.

To ANSWER. v. n.
1. To speak in return to a question.

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