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

Dr Johnson's House by Candlelight
Wednesday 18 March, 6pm and 7pm
A rare opportunity to visit the House by candlelight in these special curator-led twilight tours.

Dictionary Quiz Night
Wednesday 15 April, 7pm
Calling all Language-Lovers! Join us for an evening of word games and Johnsoniana- prizes for the winning teams.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: March 4 2015
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


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Dictionary Corner

GOAT. n.s. [from the Saxon and Scotish.]
A ruminant animal that seems a middle species between deer and sheep.

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