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

A Random Dictionary:a free workshop for ESOL students, Thursday 5 May, 2 - 3pm
A playful exploration of Dr Johnson’s Dictionary in collaboration with Artist in Residence Lorena Carbajal.

Boswell and The First World War: When Kaiser Wilhelm met Dr Johnson
Tuesday 10 May, 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm)

Gordon Turnbull will discuss Johnson's role in a little known moment in early 20-C. Anglo-German diplomacy.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 4 May, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide


We're celebrating the Shakespeare 400 anniversary throughout April with a special temporary display and a rich programme of walks, talks and theatre.

Dictionary Corner

CRI’TICK. n.s (from the Greek)

1. A man skilled in the art of judging of literature; a man able to distinguish the faults and beauties of writing. 

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