Tea at Three, Dr Johnson’s House

Dr Johnson's House, Gough Square
Tea in the Parlour
Dr Johnson’s House

Number 17 Gough Square is the charming 18th century townhouse where Samuel Johnson compiled his ‘Dictionary of the English Language’.
It is well worth a visit to this small museum.

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!

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Price of a Cup of Tea Dr Johnson's House LondonPrice of a Cuppa : Free with admission £4.50 adults, concessions available
Tea in London, Tea LeafLeaf or Bag : Not sure
Cup of Tea in London, Tea PotCrockery : All sorts
Dr Johnson's House MusicMusic : No
Cup of Tea in LondonService : Beautifully poured by the lovely Deputy Curator and assistant
Kitty Blake Little TeapotKitty 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

Tea and coffee in age of Dr JohnsonWhile 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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3 Responses to Tea at Three, Dr Johnson’s House

  1. Lovely, have wanted to know more about this. £4.50 entry? Bargain. Went here once (no tea served) but gosh it’s been 9 years ago, I think.

  2. Lorna says:

    This sounds absolutely splendid!

  3. Kitty says:

    Hi Lorna, thanks for popping by. I love your blog btw and you got me thinking of holidays way up North with your handy tea room guide.

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