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

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About Us

The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, located between Barbican and Smithfield Market, and to 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).

It is possible to visit our historic site on pre booked tours, hire areas for private functions and attend services in our chapel. However, in partnership with the Museum of London, we will be opening up the site later this year and inviting visitors to discover our dramatic story. There are three key elements to this exciting project:

  • A new museum which will tell the story of the Charterhouse from the Black Death to the present day.
  • A purpose built Learning Centre from which to run our exciting Learning Programme which will provide opportunities for schools, families, universities and adult learners to discover how the Charterhouse has shaped the story of our nation
  • A newly-landscaped Charterhouse Square which will be open to the public to allow more people to enjoy our beautiful green surroundings.

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