Dr Johnson's House

17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE, UK – 020 7353 3745

An interesting and informative house to visit. It seemed in need of significant signposting- at least from Fleet Street. We used Google maps to locate it. Good guide cards available for a self guided tour of the house and helpful receptionists as well. Access for those who are less able is compromised by the house having steps and stairs, as part of its original fabric. Best accessed by walking from a train station or bus. A bus would get visitors closer.

I love this little hidden gem. They have one of the most interesting series of events. I have been to a theatrical performance by Palimpest on how Dr Johnson would hold salon with his peers. Last week I went to learn about the Bluestockings literary circle of women writers. They just bring history to life in the most incredible way.

Charles Dickens Museum

48 Doughty St, London WC1N 2LX, UK – 020 7405 2127

Relatively unknown and hidden gem of a museum with eager and knowledgeable docents ready to answer any and all questions about Dickens' life, writing and relationships and capable of drawing your interest to pertinent documents and objects of his. The two houses comprising the museum contain numerous items, pictures and information and art related to his life in London and is thoroughly and well presented. There are now exhibit spaces for current artworks which relate to Dickens which change from time to time and there is a well outfitted shop as well as a lovely cafe with a fine cream tea and other goodies, somewhat representational of the food of the period and well as tasty and current. For about the same price as two admissions you can become a member for a year, allowing you to enter with a guest an unlimited number of times, so that is a great deal.

What a fantastic museum! It really captures the world of Dickens. It’s a lot larger than you’d think and you could easily lose a few hours here. I’d recommend to go on a tour if available. It felt like you really disappeared into the world of Dickens. Well worth visiting this hidden gem.