Discover Official Walks & Talks

Dr. Samuel Johnson Guided Walks: Monthly

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 Saturday of each month. They all start at 2pm.

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.

Dates:  7 August, 4 September, 2 October, 6 November, 4 December 2021.

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

We've restarted our physical walks!

We're also hosting some Virtual Walks and Talks   

We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Temple Bar Trust.   You are invited to join us for series of live-broadcast, virtual walks around the City. The series includes the fascinating history of Temple Bar, Paternoster Square, St Pauls, the life, and work of Sir Christopher Wren and some of the wonderful but often overlooked statues and sculptures nearby.  Find out more and book here: https://templebartrust.org/walks  

Note: We try to make our walks as inclusive and accessible as possible.

If you would like to organise your own walk, lecture or a virtual tour for a group of people, then please use our Find a Guide section.