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

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


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.

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 museum, which was curated in partnership with the Museum of London. Please see our Visit Us page for updates in our phased reopening to the public from summer 2021, and explore the opportunity to hire many stunning areas of the Charterhouse for filming and private functions. We also have a purpose built Learning Centre from which we run our 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.

For the latest full details about our operations and accounts, you can now read the Charterhouse 2020-21 Annual Report here.

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