“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.” – Dr Johnson

Dr Johnson’s House is one of the few residential houses of its age still surviving in the City of London. Built around the year 1700, it was a home and workplace for writer 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. 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. Four stories of beautiful historic interiors and a fascinating collection of prints, portraits, furniture and books are on display.

Visitors can find out about Johnson’s great literary endeavours, his eminent circle of friends, his quirky housemates and his love of tea, cats and London.


Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE
Tel: +44 (0)207 353 3745
Times: October – April, Monday – Saturday, 11.00 – 17.00
May – September, Monday – Saturday, 11.00 – 17.30