Dr Johnson's House

Photo by Phillip Sayer of Dr Johnson's House at dusk
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Dr Johnson’s House is one of the few residential houses of its age still surviving in the City of London. Built c. 1700, it was a home and workplace for Samuel Johnson from 1748-1759, and it was here that he compiled his Dictionary of the English Language.
The house is full of historic features including panelled rooms, an open staircase and moving panels on the first floor. The collection includes period furniture and prints and portraits of Johnson and his circle. Situated to the north of Fleet Street, Dr Johnson's House is found among a maze of courtyards and passages that are a reminder of historic London.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1100-1700
Mon-Sat 1100-1730
Closed: Sundays and Bank Holidays
Please check our website for Christmas opening times

Admission charges

£6.00 adults
£5.00 concessions (and groups of 10+)
£2.50 children
£12.50 family ticket
Members of the National Trust are entitled to 50% discount on admission.


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Our library is open to the public by appointment only.
There are many unavoidable steps.

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Literature, Personalities

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
'Peg Plunkett: Memoirs of a Whore' by Julie Peakman

Sex, Scandal and Life Writing: The Experiences of Dr Samuel Johnson, James Boswell and Irish Courtesan, Peg Plunkett

  • 27 October 2016 6:15-8:30pm

Historian Julie Peakman will explore the biographies, memoirs & autobiographical material of three very different 18th-century characters to reveal how their life experiences were skewed by gender.

The reasons why they wrote, the subject matter they wrote about, and the way they interpreted the Georgian world were all quite different, yet they overlapped in many ways, influenced by the morality around them.

The evening includes a complimentary glass of wine and the special opportunity to explore all four floors of Dr Johnson's 18th-century townhouse after hours. Part of 'Museums at Night' 2016.

Julie Peakman is an historian in 18th-century culture and the history of sexuality. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a frequent contributor to journals, magazines and television documentaries for BBC, Channel 4 and the Biography Channel. Her previous books, 'Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-Century England' (Palgrave, 2003) and 'Lascivious Bodies: A Sexual History of the Eighteenth-Century' (Atlantic Books, 2004) were both critically acclaimed. Her most recent book, 'Peg Plunkett: Memoirs of a Whore', draws on Peg’s original memoirs and the author’s extensive research in Ireland to tell the extraordinary life of the Georgian era’s most famous courtesans.


Tickets: £10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine), booking required via our website or telephone (0207 353 3745)



Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square
City of London

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020 7353 3745


020 7353 3745

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