London Handel Festival - The Charterhouse

The Charterhouse

The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, located between the 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 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.


  • The Charterhouse
  • London EC1M 6AN

Getting to The Charterhouse

By London Underground

Nearest stations:

  • Barbican  Circle Line, Hammersmith and City Line, Metropolitan Line
  • Farringdon  Circle Line, Hammersmith and City Line, Metropolitan Line

To plan your journey visit the Transport for London (TfL) website.