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 and the Two Great Fires of London: 1666 & 1940 From 1 July onwards
On the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire, we celebrate 17 Gough Square's unique associations with the Fire Services with a special display of archival material.

A Random Dictionary: a free Art & Language workshop Wednesday 24 August, 2.30pm
Join our Artist in Residence to play games with language and create your own mini-dictionary.

Dr Johnson Walks
Next walk: Wednesday 7 September, 3pm
Explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.


Visit our new plaque dedicated to Francis Barber, Johnson's servant, friend and heir.
Installed as part of an upcoming BBC television series on Black History.

Dictionary Corner

FIRE. n.s. [Saxon;  fewr, German]
1. The igneous element
2. Any thing burning
'Where two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that leads their fury.' (Shakespeare)

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