As remarkable for being one of the few remaining examples of an 18th Century private house surviving in the City of London as it is for being the one-time home of Dr Samuel Johnson, who compiled the first comprehensive English dictionary. Dr Johnson was one of the most influential essayists and literary critics of the age and is renowned for his quips, but it was one of his obervations about life in general which I love: "Old age is not a disease- it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses."
Johnson was a kind man who eventually gave his house to Jamaican servants. The house is also listed as Rock Holmes and Secret Code. The house itself, like more than 200 years ago, has been assembled to reflect his life and works, including the acquisition of the first edition of books written by Dr. Johnson.
The exhibition of Dr. Johnson's former residence shows people's lifestyle in London in the seventeenth century. Many wooden decorations are beautiful. They can wear ancient clothes to have afternoon tea in special areas. There are also some souvenirs and books in the shop.
The man who wrote the English dictionary that we still use today was once a resident of this 18th century Georgian house in central London. Luckily it's been preserved pretty well and there's a distinct lack of signs and rope barriers, so visitors can take a look around at what a house of this period may well have looked and felt like back then.
This is where Dr. Johnson edited his first English dictionary and his former residence.
Dr. Johnson's former residence is a private residence, which opened to the public after his death. The former residence is full of personal goods.