Come and explore the 18th century London of the writer, critic and lexicographer, Dr Samuel Johnson. Although he was born and brought up in Lichfield, Samuel Johnson spent most of his adult life in the City of London where he came to dominate the 18th century literary world, which was growing up around the established Fleet Street offices of numerous publishers and printers.
Johnson produced a large number of works of many different kinds but is best known for his Dictionary of the English Language published in 1755. These walks concentrate on the life and works of Dr. Johnson, the people he knew and what the City of London was like at the time.
We offer a choice of walks, which takes place on alternate months on the first Wednesday of each month.
Walk 1 - Dr Johnson's Fleet Street: Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and the people he knew there.
Walk 2 - Dr Johnson's City: Explore the Fleet Valley, Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Churchyard areas as Johnson knew them.
Both walks start and finish outside Dr Johnson's House in Gough Square where Johnson compiled his famous Dictionary.
They all start at 3pm. There's no need to book - just turn up at the start and pay the guide then. Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick
Nearly all the regular walks and tours offered on this website are just turn up and pay or free. For these walks no advanced booking is possible. There are only a few tours that need to be booked in advance (Illuminated River, Smithfield Market, Leadenhall Market walks and Guildhall and the Roman Bath House tours) because of restricted numbers.
Note: tours run every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In exceptional circumstances we may not have a guide available and we'll let the City Information Centre know.
If you want a walk or lecture for a group of people, then please use our Find a Guide section.