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Beyond the historic taverns of Fleet Street and through the winding alleyways you'll find a modest 18th Century townhouse. Welcome to 17 Gough Square, built about 1700 by a City father whose name it bares. This house is a rare survivor, not only has it stood up against modern development within the City but is the only surviving residence of the great Dr Samuel Johnson, author of the Dictionary.
Johnson lived in the house between 1748 and 1759, and it was here he was to carry out the major work of compiling the Dictionary, which for over one hundred years was to be the standard work on the English Language. Not only was this house a place of study and work, but it was often the setting for meetings between Johnson and some of the most well-known names of the 18th Century. Their portraits and possessions line the walls and rooms of this historic home.
With that in mind it seemed the perfect place to host a Georgian Dining Academy dinner to celebrate the great man. And on the 22nd Sept we are delighted to welcome you to step back in time through the door of 17 Gough Square. Serving our infamous gin punch in the very room that Johnson and his scribes worked on the Dictionary. You'll enjoy a delicious 3 course meal within the first floor rooms (opened up by truly unique & original 18th Century panelling!) The courses will be interjected with small talks on Dr Johnson, his guests, and his time within the house. Talks will be given by Georgian Dining Academy hosts Miss B & Miss Kitty Pridden, and our guest of honour Catherine Curzon will be giving her own talk on the meeting between Johnson and the King, George III.
We're delighted to be able to host a dinner within these historic walls, and the opportunity to enjoy the house after hours should not be missed. Our events are light-hearted and while we do encourage our guests to dress up and "play Georgian" it is not obligatory. The Georgian Dining Academy has also recently launched its long awaited website, where you can find full information on all our upcoming events and photos and testimonials from our previous dinners.