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)
 
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£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, por2016-09-27T11:00:00+01002016-12-31T00:00:00+0000 Where:
Dr Johnson's House, 17  Gough Square      EC4A 3DE
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PRICING  £4.50, child £1.50, NUS/OAP £3.50, family £10, under 5s Free
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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Chancery Lane Tube Station
 
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Railway Stations

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City Thameslink Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
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Snowhill NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
Smithfield Central Market NCP
 
8 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Apex Temple Court Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £73  39% off
1-2 Serjeant's Inn, EC4Y | 2 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Amazing hotel, located right in the heart of the city. The Apex Temple Court Hotel is a landmark building that has been converted into a four ... More
 
 
 
Crowne Plaza London The City
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £93  31% off
19 New Bridge Street, EC4V | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Located in the very heart of the Square Mile, Crowne Plaza London The City is a newly renovated hotel set on the site of Henry VIII's ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters St Pauls Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £75  23% off
24 Ludgate Hill, EC4M | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
This neat and simple hotel gets all the basics right. The prices are sensible, the rooms are simply and attractively decorated, there's a decent little bistro, ... More
 
 
 
 
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Temple Church
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Fleet Street, Temple, Holborn, London EC4Y | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Temple Church sits within the Inner Temple of the Inns of Court, and was originally consecrated in 1185 as the spiritual and actual home of the ... More
 
 
 
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Middle Temple Hall
London > Attractions > Historic 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Inns of Court and Royal Courts of Justice
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Strand, Holborn, London WC2A | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
A stunning example of Gothic architecture, London's Inns of Court date back to before the 14th century. It is here that barristers train and traditionally practice. ... More
 
 
 
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Doctor Johnson's House
London > Attractions > Museums
17 Gough Square, City, London EC4A | 1 minute from Dr Johnson's House
Johnson's house is an early 18th-century residence with some interesting furniture and a collection of portrait prints of the man himself and his circle of friends. ... More
 
 
 
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New Street Square
London > Attractions >
New Street Square, City, London EC4A | 2 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Just off New Fetter Lane, New Street Square is a quiet space in Holborn where you can shop and stop off for a bite to eat. ... More
 
 
 
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Two Temple Place
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
2 Temple Place, Holborn, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
With its castle like façade and a striking interior, Two Temple Place is one of London's most prestigious settings for corporate and private events. As well ... More
 
 
 
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Dr Johnsons Houses
London > Events > Tours  Dates: 1st January 2010 to 31st December 2016
Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, EC4A | Same location as Dr Johnson's House
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The Ritual Slaughter Of Gorge Mastromas
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 27th Sep to 1st Oct 2016 - Various Times
Dr Johnson's House, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, EC4Y | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Dennis Kelly's dark and brooding tale....More
 
 
 
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Never The Same
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 27th September to 7th October 2016 - 1pm-1.45pm
Dr Johnson's House, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, EC4Y | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Liz and Sarah reunite for the first time in seven years and ghosts of the past torment them in Lily Lowe-Myers' drama, directed by Matt Costain....More
 
 
 
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Volupte Lounge
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
The Funny Side comedy group runs comedy clubs in three locations in London, including the flagship Covent Garden venue above The George pub which puts on ... More
 
 
 
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HMS President
London > Entertainment >
Kings Reach, Victoria Embankment, Holborn, London EC4Y | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
One of the last three surviving warships of the Royal Navy built during the First World War and the first type of warship built specifically for ... More
 
 
 
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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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Nicholas James
London > Shopping > Jewellery
16-18 Hatton Garden, Holborn, London EC1N | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
A trip to Hatton Garden is a rite of passage for any newly engaged couple but it can also be a confusing one. With so many ... More
 
 
 
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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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Inner Temple
London > Education > Law
Crown Office Row, Holborn, London EC4Y | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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International University of America
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Temple Chambers, Temple Avenue, Holborn, London EC4Y | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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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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Curzons
London > Leisure > Fitness
5-11 Fetter Lane, Holborn, London EC4A | 2 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
... More
 
 
 
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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
Grandmaster Gedo Chang's Hapkido martial arts schools emphasises practical self-defence, confidence, balance and fitness. The ancient Korean martial art of Hapkido is made up of three components: ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Golf
London > Leisure > Golf
12 Smithfield Street, City, London EC1A | 6 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it’s a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
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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
Tucked into a quiet corner near Lincoln's Inn Fields, The White Swan is an absolute delight. The owners, Tom and Ed Martin, also run The Gun ... More
 
 
 
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El Vino
London > Nightlife > Bars
47 Fleet Street, Holborn, London EC4Y | 2 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Wine Bar ... More
 
 
 
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Humble Grape Fleet Street
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
1 St Brides Passage, Fleet Street, EC4Y | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
A wine bar and shop selling wines directly from independent vineyards, Humble Grape opened its first wine bar and shop in Battersea ... More
 
 
 
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Bounce Farringdon
London > Nightlife > Bars
121 Holborn, Holborn, London EC1N | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Paddles at the ready! Europe's first social ping-pong club has arrived in London and, quite brilliantly, is built in the exact spot that table tennis was ... 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
With its castle like façade and a striking interior, Two Temple Place is one of London's most prestigious settings for corporate and private events. As well ... More
 
 
 
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Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
London > Business > Venue Hire
Treasury Office, Holborn, London WC2A | 6 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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Royal Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardee
Dance | Until 22nd October 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Dr Johnson's House

Frederick Ashton's romantic ballet about Lise, who is in love with Colas, a young farmer, however her mother has more ...More

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Dr Johnson's House

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Foodie Events | Until 29th September 2016 

Balthazar 2 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

Plumped up lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb and ginger cream lined up like brush-on ...More

 
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 21st January 2017 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More

 
Theatre Chaplaincy: A Celebration
Theatre | On 27th September 2016 

St Paul's Covent Garden 2 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

Theatre, Variety Show....More

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 7th January 2017 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 14th January 2017 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom
David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom
Theatre | Until 15th October 2016 

Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

Following a critically acclaimed, sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, My Family: Not The Sitcom comes to the Vaudeville ...More

 
Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 28th May 2017 

Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

 
47th International iDate European Dating Industry Conference
Leisure | Until 28th September 2016 

Strand Palace Hotel 3 minutes walk from Dr Johnson's House

Socialising, Speed Dating....More

 
 
 
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