Welcome to the Johnson Society of London.

Special notice

This is the new Web site for the Society. Its full release is pending, and should become available to current and new members by early autumn 2014.

At present, members visiting this site will not be able to log-in, though they will be able to click on the pages to examine some of the content that has been set up.

The "Join Now" page is also not yet enabled

Migration to the site

The aim is to contact existing members in stages by email over the next few months. When we contact you, we will provide a temporary log-in password that will enable you to log-in to the site, and full instructions on how to begin using some of the site's main features.

If you wish to gain early access to the new features we will be pleased to set this up for you. Just click on the "Membership & Subscription" page and click on the email link.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this short period while we implement the new site. There are many new features that the new site will provide, so we hope the wait will be worthwhile.


The Society, which was founded in 1928, is made up of people with interests in the life and work of Samuel Johnson, his circle and his times. We welcome all who share these or similar interests. We have members in many parts of the world in addition to the UK, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the USA.

Details of membership

We welcome contact with fellow Johnsonians, and especially enjoy meeting those visiting London. Contact Details

The Society holds seven meetings each year. In recent years, there have been papers on such topics as Johnson on the theatre and on Shakespeare, The Rambler, the Dictionary, Irene, and the Life of Pope. More general subjects have been the Bluestockings, the eighteenth century response to miracles, and the moral responsibility of the novelist. Such figures as James Boswell, Fanny Burney, Richard Sheridan and Samuel Richardson have been considered. Speakers have included David Fairer on Thomas Warton, David Nokes on Swift and on Gay, Conor Cruise O'Brien on Burke and Roy Porter on Hogarth. Philip Howard, Richard Ingrams, Christopher Ricks, P D James, Beryl Bainbridge and Boris Johnson have also addressed the Society.

The papers are published in our annual journal, the New Rambler together with articles and book reviews. The Society also publishes an occasional newsletter the New Idler. Details of the current programme.

The Society is run by a Committee, and supported by a distinguished Honorary President and Vice-Presidents.

© The Johnson Society of London
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software