The rooms are laid out as they would have been in Dr Johnson’s time.
Great care has been taken to restore the wood-panelling to the original muted paint colours.
The house is peaceful and atmospheric, the library is my favorite room with its soft yellow paintwork and light flooding in from high windows. You can also leaf over a facsimile of the famous dictionary.
Tea lovers will take a special interest in the display of Dr Johnson’s good friend Mrs Hester Thrale’s very pretty ‘Tea Equipage’. A Meissen porcelain ‘tete a tete’ service dated c1755-60.
It will have been well used as Dr Johnson described himself as
“..a hardened and shameless tea-drinker, who has for twenty years diluted his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant, whose kettle scarcely has time to cool, who with Tea amuses the evening, with Tea solaces the midnights, and with Tea welcomes the morning”
In recognition of this, throughout the summer you are invited by the curators, to take Tea at Three, in the parlour at Dr Johnson’s house.
Tea was duly served, and our hostess, the deputy curator, knowledgeably and engagingly answered questions about the house and the life of esteemed former resident.
My fellow tea drinkers included students and visitors from the New World, I think Dr Johnson would have enjoyed that very much indeed.
The Tea at Three events are over for 2012, but keep and eye on the website for upcoming events. Meanwhile, I will be adding ideas for tea rooms in the vicinity, so you don’t have to wait a year for a cuppa!
|Price of a Cuppa :||Free with admission £4.50 adults, concessions available|
|Leaf or Bag :||Not sure|
|Crockery :||All sorts|
|Service :||Beautifully poured by the lovely Deputy Curator and assistant|
|Kitty says:||This was delightful gathering, keep an eye out for next summer|
|Address:||17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE|
|Website:||Dr Johnson’s House|
Tea and Coffee in the Age of Dr Johnson
While there I bought this fascinating booklet, edited by Stephanie Pickford.
If you are unable to visit Dr Johnson’s House in person, it is available at Amazon
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