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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!

Our daily walks from the City Information Centre, just south of St Paul's are now running, and for the moment you'll still need to book your slot.

In addition, you can visit some of the City's delightful gardens, while in the evening take a stroll along the river to admire London's bridges, now beautifully lit thanks to the Illuminated River Project. 

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, then please use our Find a Guide section. If you're a member of an Arts Society or a U3A group we'd love to take you on a tour of the City. And if you're a company based in the City who would like to organise a social event for your work colleagues, why not book an evening walk with us? As guides we know where all the good pubs are!