Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Best Museums In #London No.2: Doctor Johnson's House @drjohnsonshouse


We've canvassed the London Walks guides, asking them to nominate their desert island museum and we'll be posting their responses throughout the month.

As usual, you are more than welcome to join in! Get in touch via Facebook, or Twitter or via the usual email address.

Here's London Walks guide and Daily Constitutional Associate Editor Kim with her Desert Island Museum…

Love the idea of Desert Island Museums but what a difficult choice. Firstly, there are so many fantastic ones in London and secondly, it's impossible to see them all so I'm constantly learning something new. 

After due deliberation, however, I'm going to pick Dr Johnson's House in Gough Square. 

An absolute jewel of a building that I'd love to actually live in – would I be allowed that as a bonus on my island?

A fascinating character who was irascible, funny and supported talented women (unusual in his day and age) and lots of things in the house to support this.  BUT.… and this is the best thing…there's a First Edition of the Dictionary which he published so I'll never run out of reading material and I'll come back from my island to bamboozle the lot of you with my erudition.

If you want to find out more you need Secret London on Tuesday morning at 10.45 starting at Chancery Lane. You'll see the house from outside, meet Hodge, "a very fine cat, indeed", and end near to the Cheshire Cheese pub that holds his bowl and chair.  So a good lunch and you're on the doorstep for a fascinating afternoon visit to the house itself. 


Kim, who has worked in the House of Commons and the European Parliament, is another 24-carat Blue Badge Guide: she won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award in 2001. Kim is an Associate Editor of The Daily Constitutional.

Visit the museum's website here: www.drjohnsonshouse.org

All three parts of our London Museums Podcast…

POST UPDATED A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.

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