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“Escape the London Bustle”

Dr. Johnson's House
Ranked #317 of 1,591 things to do in London
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The home of Dr. Johnson, where he wrote the first comprehensive English Dictionary. One of the very few residential houses that were built in 1700 and are still standing.
Lincoln UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Escape the London Bustle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

Increase your knowledge of Dr Johnson with a relaxed wander through his former London house.
You can take a seat in most rooms while you peruse the information sheets, look out of the windows and imagine life in the mid 18th Century, very atmospheric.

( http://www.drjohnsonshouse.org/ )

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Visited January 2013
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“Dr Johnson's House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is one of my favourite places in London. It is rarely too crowded and it is atmospheric and really interesting. A fascinating man who will make you want to read more about him. Take time to visit our smaller historic houses - they are really worth the effort.

Visited October 2012
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Virginia
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“All Hail, Doctor Johnson!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

If you've ever read anything by Johnson, or if you've read Boswell's Life of Johnson, you should check out Dr. Johnson's House in Gough Square (pronounced Goff Square). This is the house where he and his helpers compiled his monumental Dictionary of the English Language (1755). It's the house where he lived with his menagerie of strange housemates -- Mrs. Williams, the blind poetess; Mr. Levett, the hack physician who ministered to the London poor and accepted payment in liquor; Francis Barber, a servant and freed slave whom Johnson had educated, and, of course, Hodge the Cat. Don't miss the statue of Hodge the cat in the courtyard in front of the house. A nice feature they have here is that children can dress up in eighteenth-century clothing. My daughters got a kick out of this.

Visited December 2012
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Oundle
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“A delightful find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

We came across Dr Johnsons House by chance as we walked up Fleet St coming away from St Pauls.We noticed a very small sign in an alley and wondered if at 4pm we would still in time to look round the house.
Fortunately we were still able do the tour before closing time.What a little gem the house is.This is where Dr Johnson wrote the first Dictionary.It is a 17th century town house tucked away in Gough Square behind Fleet St [on the right coming away from St Pauls]
I would highly recommend you pay a small fee for the audio-visual tour because it does tell you of very interesting personal facts about Dr Johnson and the house that you would not get to know about just walking round
Enjoy it 'cos we loved it.

Visited November 2012
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“Worth a visit, but could be so much better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is an interesting visit - partly architecturally as a town house of its era, and partly of course because of its association with its most famous resident. You can see the attic room where Johnson did much of the work on his famous dictionary, and the house is full of prints of historical figures who moved in Johnson's circle and artefacts associated with the man himself.

It's a shame that there is not more information about Johnson himself upfront - it's not really until towards the end of the visit that you find out much about him and what he did, which I suspect would be confusing if you did not already know his story. I would also have valued more on the circumstances of the creation of his dictionary - what was the social and cultural context, for example, which led to such a mammoth undertaking.

Still, a really interesting visit, and well worth spending an hour or so on if you are in the area.

Visited November 2012
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