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

About Us

Our mission is to provide a home, a community and to support independent living for older people in need, while sharing our heritage and investing in it for future generations. Read our strategy here.


The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, located between Barbican and Smithfield Market, and to the north of  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 historic term and is no longer used in a  gender specific way. 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 fascinating story on our guided tours and through our museum display, which was curated in partnership with the Museum of London. Please see our Visit Us page for details. We also run a Learning Programme for schools, and offer the opportunity to hire many of our histic rooms and spaces for filming and private functions.

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 2022-23 Annual Report here.