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101 things to do in London: Pop round to Dr Johnson’s

Posted at 7:00 am, November 12, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

The Time Out team has compiled a list of the 101 ultimate things to do in London; each week we highlight one as inspiration for your weekend fun. This week, soak up the atmosphere of pioneering etymology in Dr Johnson’s literary powerhouse (Monday-Saturday, 11am-5pm). Nestled between Fleet Street and Fetter Lane, 17 Gough Square has been standing since circa 1700 and narrowly survived World War II. Johnson himself took up residence here in 1748 for little more than a decade, but it was here that he compiled his seminal dictionary. Gush over the polished wood panelling and breathe in the scholarly scent of all those weighty tomes. Picture him and his six scribes, sweating over the wordsmithery in the garret or holding literary salons in the parlour (and try to banish the image of Blackadder’s casting of Robbie Coltrane in the role).

For more ideas, see 101 Things to do in London. Have we missed anything off the list? Comment below with your ideas or use #ultimatelondon on Twitter.

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