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Past Exhibitions


An Introduction to Elizabeth Carter

Saturday 6 and 13 May 2.30pm and 4pm
No booking required - free with normal admission price

Victoria Baker is currently completing her MA in Nineteenth Century Studies from King’s College London. She has a dual Bachelors in History and Political Science from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Join Victoria for a free talk to introduce you to the current Carter display of bookplates, letters and portraits as we celebrate the tercentenery of the great classicist, and friend of Dr Johnson.

Elizabeth Carter

dividerDr Johnson's Bluestocking Salon with the Georgian Dining Academy

Thursday 18 May, 6.30 - 10.30pm
Tickets: £45 (includes entrees, drinks and entertainment),
Booking required

The Georgian Dining Academy are delighted to offer, in collaboration with Dr Johnson's House, a special event to celebrate the literary legend's friends and acquaintances with a Bluestocking Salon. We will be working our Georgian magic throughout the floors of this historic home to pay homage to Samuel Johnson and his many fascinating friends, including Elizabeth Carter whose tercentenary we'll be celebrating.
Guests will enjoy an evening of readings of letters, books and poetry, as well as short talks on the leading ladies and gentlemen of the Bluestocking group. We hope as a guest you will participate, and please request our list of characters, whom you may choose to emulate by dress, readings (books, poetry, writings, articles, plays, quotations etc) or a five minute talk on a chosen character.

For further information, please visit the Eventbrite page

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Dr Johnson’s House after hours

Wednesday 31 May until 8.30pm
In association with London History Day

A rare opportunity to explore the historic interior of Dr Johnson’s eighteenth-century townhouse, at twilight, in this special late-night opening. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and experience a spring evening in true Georgian-style.
All four floors of the House will remain open for visitors to view our current displays and you’ll have the chance to listen to the curators tell you more about Johnson, his contemporaries and literary London. Head to the top of the House for a chance to view items from the collection not normally on display, or leaf through the facsimile dictionaries in our library.

Our usual admission fees apply
No booking necessary, do drop in!



Rare Books London 2017 - An Introduction to Johnson

Wednesday 7 June, 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm) Tickets: £12.50 booking required

As part of the Rare Books London 2017 Festival, join us for an opportunity to hear excerpts from a selection of Samuel Johnson’s key works, including The Rambler essays, his novel Rasselas and the Preface to Johnson’s edition of Shakespeare, some of which were written whilst pacing these very floorboards. Our curator will guide you through the House, where you will find out more about eighteenth-century London, literature and Johnson’s circle of friends. Enjoy a glass of fino whilst you explore the House on what will hopefully be a warm summer’s evening in the heart of the city of London.

For further information, please visit the Eventbrite page

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Follow in Johnson's footsteps and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.

1st Wednesday of each month (except Jan.), 3pm

Next walk:

3 May

Groups may also book walks at alternative times. For any enquiries please contact us.

Dr Johnson's Fleet Street - Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and his acquaintances in the area.
Dr Johnson's City - Explore the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard areas as Johnson knew them.

£5/£4 concessions. No booking required. Meet outside Dr Johnson's House.

This is a joint venture between Dr Johnson's House and the City Guides.

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Johnson and Boswell 'Walking down the High Street' by Rowlandon

Events information

Most events sell out and tickets must be bought in advance. Card payments are processed by PayPal. We regret that we are unable to take card payments over the phone.

Customers wishing to pay by cheque should send a cheque payable to 'Dr Johnson's House Trust Ltd' to Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE. Please include your contact details. We will let you know when your cheque arrives.

Please note the House contains unavoidable steps. For more information about access, please visit our Facilities page.

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