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.

 

LondonTown.com - Dr Johnson's House Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Blackfriars Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
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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1-2 Serjeant's Inn, EC4Y | 2 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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19 New Bridge Street, EC4V | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £69  24% off
24 Ludgate Hill, EC4M | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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Temple Church
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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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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Two Temple Place
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
2 Temple Place, 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
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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Sir John Soane's Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 9 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, the extraordinary Sir John Soane's Museum elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking ... More
 
 
 
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The Play That Goes Wrong
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th September 2014 to 1st February 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
 
 
 
Mamma Mia!
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th September 2012 to 25th October 2015
Novello Theatre, Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 11 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the distant memories of carefree days and ...More
 
 
 
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War Horse
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 14th February 2015
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 13 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
 
 
 
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London > Entertainment > Theatres
9 Norwich Street, Holborn, London EC4A | 3 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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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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London > Entertainment >
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
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Ede & Ravenscroft
London > Shopping > Clothing
93 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London WC2A | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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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
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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 > Careers Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 11 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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London Wine Academy
London > Education > Evening Classes
Garden Floor, 6 Coldbath Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 12 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
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The Tipperary
London > Nightlife > Pubs
66 Fleet Street, City, London EC4Y | 1 minute from Dr Johnson's House
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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, EC4V | 4 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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Bounce
London > Nightlife > Bars
121 Holborn, 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
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The Royal Courts of Justice
London > Business > Venue Hire
Strand, Holborn, London WC2A | 5 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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Two Temple Place
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Two Temple Place, Holborn, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Dr Johnson's House
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