Dr Johnson's House

 
 
ADDRESS
17 Gough Square, City, off Fleet Street, London EC4A 3DE
 
 
OPENING TIMES
Mon-Sat 11am-5pm (Oct to Apr); Mon-Dat 11am-5.30pm (May-Sept)
 
PRICES
£4.50 (Adult), £1.50 (Child), FREE (Baby), £3 (Concessions), £10 (Family), £3 (Pensioners), £3 (Students)
 

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This fine home belonged to writer Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), who lived here when he compiled what is recognised as the worlds first dictionary. Dr Johnson's House is located in a discreet City square and contains many of Johnsons belongings as well as an excellent statue of his favourite cat, Hodge, in the square outside. The contents of the house have been built up since Cecil Harmsworth purchased the House and opened it to the public in the early 20th century. He was adamant that Dr Johnsons House should not be filled with irrelevant 18th century bric-a-brac. Items in the collection had to be connected to Johnson and appropriate for the cheery home of an impoverished writer. Harmsworth turned down some donations, including Johnsons death mask (too gloomy) and Chippendale furniture (too fine). The Harmsworths donated many early items and the Johnson Club transferred their entire collection to the House. Over the years many generous donations of relevant books, paintings and artefacts have entered the collection. Dr Johnson's House runs a varied programme of events and exhibitions, ranging from staged performances to Curator's talks. There are special late night openings and open days, as well as concerts, lectures and some more quirky events. During the year there are also changing displays and regular temporary exhibitions to highlight objects from our collection and elsewhere, and to illustrate aspects of Johnson's life and times.

 

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Dr Johnsons HousesDr Johnsons HousesA 300 year old town house, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys. It was built in 1700 and was both the home and workplace of writer Samuel Johnson. It was here that he compiled the first comprehensive English Dictionary. The house is now restored to its original condition and contains panelled rooms and a collection of furniture, prints, por2015-09-01T11:00:00+01002016-12-31T00:00:00+0000 Where:
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DATES  1st January 2010 to 31st December 2016
A 300 year old town house, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys. It was built in 1700 and was both the home and workplace of writer Samuel Johnson. It was here that he compiled the first comprehensive English Dictionary. The house is now restored to its original condition and contains panelled rooms and a collection of furniture, prints, por... More about this event
 

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Underground Stations

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Blackfriars Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Chancery Lane Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
City Thameslink Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
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Car Parks

 
Snowhill NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
Smithfield Central Market NCP
 
8 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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    Crowne Plaza London The City
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £81  37% off
    19 New Bridge Street, EC4V | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    10 Godliman Street, EC4V | 6 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
    Fleet Street, Temple, Holborn, London EC4Y | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Middle Temple Hall
    London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
    Middle Temple Lane, Holborn, London EC4Y | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Strand, Holborn, London WC2A | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    New Street Square
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    New Street Square, City, London EC4A | 2 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Two Temple Place
    London > Attractions > Art Galleries
    2 Temple Place, Holborn, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Hunterian Museum
    London > Attractions > Museums
    35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 7 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    London > Events > Dance  Dates: 29th September to 17th October 2015
    Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, WC2A | 9 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
    Kung Fu masters the Shaolin Monks return to the UK for the first time in seven years with a brand new show sure to delight the ...More
     
     
     
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    The Play That Goes Wrong
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th September 2014 to 5th September 2015
    Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, WC2B | 11 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
    Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society ...More
     
     
     
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    War Horse
    London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 13th February 2016
    New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 13 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    London > Entertainment > Theatres
    9 Norwich Street, Holborn, London EC4A | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
    Quirky, alternative cabaret club. From cream teas to secret organic cocktails, cabaret and comedy, Kuki La-Belle and Delores von Cotier’s cheeky club combines the naughty with the ... More
     
     
     
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    The Funny Side of Covent Garden (Upstairs at The George)
    London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
    213 Strand, Holborn, London WC2R | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Kings Reach, Victoria Embankment, Holborn, London EC4Y | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    The Natural Kitchen
    London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
    15-17 New Street Square, Fetter Lane, City, London EC4A | 1 minute from Dr Johnson's House
    Organic, wild and artisan food is supplied by the likes of the River Cottage at this food emporium which, is the second Natural Kitchen to open ... More
     
     
     
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    Ede & Ravenscroft
    London > Shopping > Clothing
    93 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London WC2A | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
    Founded in Aldwych in 1689 Ede and Ravenscroft has the rare distinction of being the tailors and robe makers of choice for twelve coronations and holds ... More
     
     
     
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    London > Shopping > Jewellery
    16-18 Hatton Garden, Holborn, London EC1N | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Chilango
    London > Restaurants > Mexican restaurants
    142 Fleet Street, City, London EC4A | 1 minute from Dr Johnson's House
    Don't be put off by the lunchtime queue out the door, the service is fast at Chilango Mexican restaurant on Fleet Street. You can get a ... More
     
     
     
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    Pret A Manger
    London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
    143 Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 1 minute from Dr Johnson's House
    Pret sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome interiors. The ... More
     
     
     
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    Eat Cafe
    London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
    170 Fleet Street, Holborn, London EC4A | 1 minute from Dr Johnson's House
    Food to go in its simplest form. Freeshly baked bread for hand-made made sandwhiches; home made soups; simple salads. Another high street option for fresh. fast ... More
     
     
     
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    Career Energy
    London > Education > Career Services
    4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
    Situated in the heart of London, Career Energy – formed in March 2002 - offers comprehensive advice on careers, career change and job searching. They’ll analyse ... More
     
     
     
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    Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
    London > Education > Universities and Colleges
    1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 8 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Courtauld Institute of Art
    London > Education > Arts and Drama
    Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 10 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Chang's Hapkido Academy
    London > Leisure > Martial Arts
    Topnotch Health Club, 3 Tudor Street, City, London EC4Y | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Urban Golf
    London > Leisure > Golf
    12 Smithfield Street, City, London EC1A | 6 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    My Chocolate Workshops
    London > Leisure > Activities
    Hatton Square Business Centre, 16-16a Baldwin Gardens, Holborn, London EC1N | 7 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    145 Fleet Street, City, London EC4A | 1 minute from Dr Johnson's House
    Sprawling 17th century tavern with rabbit-warren of bars and a rich history. Steeped in history, this pub’s story stretches back through the reigns of fifteen monarchs. While ... More
     
     
     
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    The Tipperary
    London > Nightlife > Pubs
    66 Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 1 minute from Dr Johnson's House
    Visit this pub and you'll soon find out it's really not a long way to Tipperary. In fact it's merely a ten minute walk (stumble) ... More
     
     
     
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    The White Swan
    London > Restaurants > Gastropub
    108 Fetter Lane, Holborn, London EC4A | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Galadari
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    Crowne Plaza London - The City Hotel, 19 New Bridge Street, City, London EC4V | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Bounce
    London > Nightlife > Bars
    121 Holborn, Holborn, London EC1N | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Bleeding Heart Bistro
    London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
    Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1 | 6 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
    Set in an attractive cobbled courtyard, this candlelit bistro/wine bar is a taste of an older, more civilised world. Uniformed French waiters glide unobtrusively between tables ... More
     
     
     
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    Middle Temple Hall
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    2 Plowden Buildings Middle Temple Lane, Holborn, London EC4Y | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
    Middle Temple Hall, completed in 1574, is late-Gothic in style. Its attractions are a rare double-hammer beam roof, an intricately carved screen (which, although heavily damaged ... More
     
     
     
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    Two Temple Place
    London > Business > Venue Hire
    Two Temple Place, Holborn, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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    Jonathan Richardson The Elder: Self-Portraits
    Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2015 

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    Somerset House 10 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

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    The Jam: About The Young Idea
    Exhibitions | Until 31st August 2015 

    Somerset House 10 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

    This multi-media exhibition documents the rise to fame and success of the popular mod band, through the 1970s and 1980s....More

    Unfinished: Works From The Courtauld Gallery
    Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2015 

    The Courtauld Gallery 10 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

    Paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that are considered to be unfinished....More

    Designing A Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron
    Designing A Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron
    Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2015 

    Museum of London 10 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

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    The Play That Goes Wrong
    The Play That Goes Wrong
    Theatre | Until 5th September 2015 

    Duchess Theatre 11 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

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