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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Chancery Lane Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
City Thameslink Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
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 £83  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  23% 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 £70  24% 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
 
 
 
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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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New Street Square
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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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Hunterian Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 7 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
The Hunterian Museum within the Royal College of Surgeons boasts a host of enlightening, permanent and temporary, galleries and exhibitions. Housed in the college, the Hunterian ... More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Tuesday 25th April 2017 - 2pm-4pm
Dr Johnson's House, Fleet Street, Temple, EC4Y | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Robert Porter conducts a performance of joyful music concluding with Vivaldi's Gloria....More
 
 
 
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Vivaldi Gloria
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Tuesday 25th April 2017 - 2pm
Dr Johnson's House, Fleet Street, Temple, EC4Y | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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Dr Johnson's House, Temple Station, Temple Place, WC2R | 7 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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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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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
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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
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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
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1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 8 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
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Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 10 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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Chang's Hapkido Academy
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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
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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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My Chocolate Workshops
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Hatton Square Business Centre, 16-16a Baldwin Gardens, Holborn, London EC1N | 7 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Immerse yourself in a world of chocolate with this mouth-watering workshop. You will discover how chocolate is processed from bean to bar. Sample a variety of ... More
 
 
 
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Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
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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
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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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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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Bleeding Heart Bistro
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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
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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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Bleeding Heart Yard
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Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, Farringdon, Clerkenwell, London EC1N | 6 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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