Dr Johnson's House
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.
Historic house or home, Heritage site
Closed: Sundays and Bank Holidays
Please check our website for Christmas opening times
£5.00 concessions (and groups of 10+)
£12.50 family ticket
Members of the National Trust are entitled to 50% discount on admission.
- Museums Association
Our library is open to the public by appointment only.
There are many unavoidable steps.
In the Garret with Dr Johnson
- 16 May 2018 6:30-8:30pm
Adrian Mourby will be joining us to talk about how Dr Johnson used his house at 17 Gough Square to write The Dictionary of the English Language, and comparing this with other writers including Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, J K Rowling, and rooms in which they wrote. Adrian is an award-winning travel journalist and former BBC producer, and in 2017 Icon Press published two books based on his 25 years as a travel writer, Rooms of One’s Own and Rooms with a View, both of which visit places where famous authors wrote great works.
An Introduction to the Bluestockings
- 23 June 2018 2-3pm
Join the Deputy Curator, Helen Woollison, for a free talk about the literary gatherings of the Bluestocking Society. Find out more about the members of this predominantly female society, and learn how they supported one another in their endeavours into the traditionally male field of literature. Many members struggled to convince their families that their education and careers would not endanger their reputations, with some buckling under societal pressure to marry or leave the London literary scene to protect their reputation. This talk will look into the reasons why female writers had to fight to have their voices heard during the 18th century and beyond.
No need to book, talk is included in standard admission charge.
Dr Johnson's Guide to Life
- 28 June 2018 7-8:30pm
The subjects that preoccupied Johnson are enduring ones: the power of the imagination, the importance of self-knowledge, ambition, human fallibility, the nature of pleasure and boredom, family life and marriage, friendship, the dangers of obsession, what it means to be a writer and a reader, how to lead a meaningful existence. A lot of his judgements have had remarkable staying power and can seem startlingly modern. Join author Henry Hitchings for an entertaining tour of some of his ideas and opinions, considering what we can learn from them, and how they can help us negotiate life’s challenges. Henry is the author of six books, including two on Dr Johnson. His latest is The World in 38 Chapters, or Dr Johnson’s Guide to Life (published by Macmillan in June)
Tickets: £10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine)
Dr Johnson's House
17 Gough Square
City of London
020 7353 3745
020 7353 3745