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Dr. Johnson's House

  • 17 Gough Sq. Map It
  • The City
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Built in 1700, this elegant Georgian residence, with its paneled rooms and period furniture, is where Samuel Johnson lived between 1748 and 1759. The Great Bear (as he was affectionately known) compiled A Dictionary of the English Language in the attic as his health deteriorated. Two early editions are on view, among other mementos of Johnson and his friend, diarist, and later, his biographer, James Boswell. After soaking up the atmosphere, repair around the corner in Wine Office Court to the famed Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub, once Johnson and Boswell's favorite watering hole.

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17 Gough Sq., London, EC4A 3DE, England

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  • £4.75
  • May–Sept., Mon.–Sat. 11–5:30; Oct.–Apr., Mon.–Sat. 11–5


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