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the famous cat sculpture that Johnson lived with

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a couple os a group tour

Things to do nearby

Dr Johnson's House is located in the historic City of London within the Fleet Street Quarter in which there is plenty to do and see. We are proud to be considered a hidden gem on the City’s 'Destination City' website. We encourage you to visit their website for a full list of events and activities.

 

Here are a few of our suggestions, all within a short walk of the House:

 

Walking Tours

Dr Johnson's House walks offer a guided tour through Johnson's neighbourhood, led by an experienced City of London Guide. They will run throughout 2024 can be booked here  (the link goes to Mailchimp). The walks cost £12 and you can either book in advance or pay on the day (in cash). 10% of your ticket price supports the House.

Eating and drinking:

There are numerous coffee and sandwich shops on Fleet Street, as well as an array of historic pubs. The famous Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is just round the corner, and there are several other good pubs to choose from. The Natural Kitchen in New Street Square serves healthy options.

 

Places to visit:

St Paul's Cathedral is just a 10 minute walk away and, if you like something off the beaten track, we suggest visiting a City church such as St Dunstan-in-the-West or St Bride's on Fleet Street. St Clement Danes at Aldwych is also very close. The historic Inns of Court are also not far away and are beautiful places to spend some time or take a walking tour. The Temple, with its church and gardens, is south of Fleet Street and Lincoln's Inn is off Chancery Lane. The imposing Royal Courts of Justice are on Fleet Street and tours of the building are available. If you’d like to take in some more history, Sir John Soane's Museum and the Hunterian Museum are about 10 minutes away on Lincoln's Inn Fields, and to the east are the Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman amphitheatre. The new Museum of London will be just up the road at Smithfields Market in 2026.

 

For (window) shopping:

The Silver Vaults on Chancery Lane and the diamond shops of Hatton Garden are just round the corner and the Twinings at 216 Strand has been selling tea on these premises for over 300 years.

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