The Charterhouse conveys a vivid impression of the type of large rambling 16th century mansion that once existed all round London.

Nikolaus Pevsner

About Us

The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, located between Barbican and Smithfield Market, and to the north of what is now Charterhouse Square. Since the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century the site has served as a private mansion, a boys’ school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day.

Our mission is to provide housing, care and support for older people in need, while sharing our heritage and preserving it for future generations.

Residents of the almshouse are known as ‘Brothers’, which is a purely traditional term acknowledging the Charterhouse’s monastic past. The building is formally known as Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse, and is a registered charity (number 207773).

The public are invited to discover our dramatic story in our free museum, which was curated in partnership with the Museum of London. It is possible to visit our historic site on pre-booked tours, hire areas for private functions and attend services in our chapel. We also have a purpose built Learning Centre from which we run our exciting Learning Programme for schools, families, universities and adult learners.

If you would like to get in touch with us, you can do so via the Contact Us page.

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