The Norfolk Cloister at The Charterhouse

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Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M
Barbican Station (150 yd)

About this space

Introducing The Norfolk Cloister, a timeless haven with roots in the 14th century as a monastery cloister. It was later transformed into a garden gallery by the Duke of Norfolk. The very stones beneath your feet tell stories of the past, with a flag floor that has stood the test of time.

Original features transport you to a bygone era, including a doorway that once led to the humble cells of Carthusian monks. In the 18th century, this sacred space witnessed the birth of a different kind of tradition—the origin of the 'offside' rule in football, as the boys of Charterhouse School implemented it within these historic walls.

Today, The Norfolk Cloister invites you to experience its serene atmosphere, making it an ideal setting for a myriad of events. The timeless beauty and versatile ambience make this cloister a unique space that transcends the boundaries of centuries, creating an unforgettable atmosphere for any occasion.


Prices

Monday
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Per hour
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Note: All prices include VAT.
- Rates are exclusive of VAT.
- Catering and any extra equipment charged in addition.
- We provide various event packages that are thoroughly discussed directly when booking your event.
- There is a £700 + VAT fee for bringing external caterers in.
- There is a £10 +VAT corkage charge per person
- In case of booking for the wedding ceremony only, a photography session on-site is charged £350 +VAT.
- The Museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday. It can be closed especially for an event, which incurs a £2,000 + VAT charge for the whole day or £400+ VAT per hour.
- The rates can be revised on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum of 30 guests.
- The deposit required to secure the date is 50% of the quoted price.
Tuesday
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Per hour
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Note: All prices include VAT.
- Rates are exclusive of VAT.
- Catering and any extra equipment charged in addition.
- We provide various event packages that are thoroughly discussed directly when booking your event.
- There is a £700 + VAT fee for bringing external caterers in.
- There is a £10 +VAT corkage charge per person
- In case of booking for the wedding ceremony only, a photography session on-site is charged £350 +VAT.
- The Museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday. It can be closed especially for an event, which incurs a £2,000 + VAT charge for the whole day or £400+ VAT per hour.
- The rates can be revised on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum of 30 guests.
- The deposit required to secure the date is 50% of the quoted price.
Wednesday
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Per hour
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Note: All prices include VAT.
- Rates are exclusive of VAT.
- Catering and any extra equipment charged in addition.
- We provide various event packages that are thoroughly discussed directly when booking your event.
- There is a £700 + VAT fee for bringing external caterers in.
- There is a £10 +VAT corkage charge per person
- In case of booking for the wedding ceremony only, a photography session on-site is charged £350 +VAT.
- The Museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday. It can be closed especially for an event, which incurs a £2,000 + VAT charge for the whole day or £400+ VAT per hour.
- The rates can be revised on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum of 30 guests.
- The deposit required to secure the date is 50% of the quoted price.
Thursday
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Per hour
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Note: All prices include VAT.
- Rates are exclusive of VAT.
- Catering and any extra equipment charged in addition.
- We provide various event packages that are thoroughly discussed directly when booking your event.
- There is a £700 + VAT fee for bringing external caterers in.
- There is a £10 +VAT corkage charge per person
- In case of booking for the wedding ceremony only, a photography session on-site is charged £350 +VAT.
- The Museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday. It can be closed especially for an event, which incurs a £2,000 + VAT charge for the whole day or £400+ VAT per hour.
- The rates can be revised on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum of 30 guests.
- The deposit required to secure the date is 50% of the quoted price.
Friday
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Per hour
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Note: All prices include VAT.
- Rates are exclusive of VAT.
- Catering and any extra equipment charged in addition.
- We provide various event packages that are thoroughly discussed directly when booking your event.
- There is a £700 + VAT fee for bringing external caterers in.
- There is a £10 +VAT corkage charge per person
- In case of booking for the wedding ceremony only, a photography session on-site is charged £350 +VAT.
- The Museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday. It can be closed especially for an event, which incurs a £2,000 + VAT charge for the whole day or £400+ VAT per hour.
- The rates can be revised on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum of 30 guests.
- The deposit required to secure the date is 50% of the quoted price.
Saturday
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Per hour
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Note: All prices include VAT.
- Rates are exclusive of VAT.
- Catering and any extra equipment charged in addition.
- We provide various event packages that are thoroughly discussed directly when booking your event.
- There is a £700 + VAT fee for bringing external caterers in.
- There is a £10 +VAT corkage charge per person
- In case of booking for the wedding ceremony only, a photography session on-site is charged £350 +VAT.
- The Museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday. It can be closed especially for an event, which incurs a £2,000 + VAT charge for the whole day or £400+ VAT per hour.
- The rates can be revised on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum of 30 guests.
- The deposit required to secure the date is 50% of the quoted price.
Sunday
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Per hour
8:00 – 22:00
from £528 hire fee per hour
Note: All prices include VAT.
- Rates are exclusive of VAT.
- Catering and any extra equipment charged in addition.
- We provide various event packages that are thoroughly discussed directly when booking your event.
- There is a £700 + VAT fee for bringing external caterers in.
- There is a £10 +VAT corkage charge per person
- In case of booking for the wedding ceremony only, a photography session on-site is charged £350 +VAT.
- The Museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday. It can be closed especially for an event, which incurs a £2,000 + VAT charge for the whole day or £400+ VAT per hour.
- The rates can be revised on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum of 30 guests.
- The deposit required to secure the date is 50% of the quoted price.

Capacity

Standing
up to 180
Dining
up to 100
Theatre
up to 120

Catering and drinks

No in-house catering
External catering allowed
Venue doesn’t provide alcohol
BYO alcohol allowed

Facilities

Natural light
Paid parking facilities available nearby
Wi-Fi
Projector
Flatscreen TV
Whiteboard
Flipchart
PA system / speakers
Conference call facilities
Air conditioning
Storage space
Quiet space
Accommodation available

Music & sound equipment

Own music allowed
Bring your own DJ
Noise restrictions

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible
Disabled access toilets
Ground level
Disabled parking space available
Lift to all floors

Rules of the space

Allowed events

Promoted and ticketed events
Wedding licence
Temporary event notices (TENs) available

Host rules

- Due to the special nature of the Charterhouse as an almshouse for a community of older men and women, events can only take place between 8.00am and 10.00pm.
- The Brothers who live here permanently will be on-site during your event. They will be made aware of your event, and will respect the areas designated for you and your guests.
- The Chapel and Cloister are parts of our public museum. Unless opting for the museum closure option, we cannot guarantee there will not be the possibility of people walking into the chapel.
- We cannot hold civil ceremonies in our outside spaces.
- The Chapel and Chapel Cloister cannot be used for weddings – but you can have your blessing there.
- Confetti is allowed outside as long as it is biodegradable.
- Candles can be used both inside and outside, but they have to be smokeless.
- DJs and dancing is allowed in the Norfolk Cloister and Old Library [up to 9.30pm]. In other areas we can have live music but not as loud.
- All children under 14 need to be supervised by designated adults at all times during your event.
- We allow guide dogs on the premises, but no other animals. Outside we can also consider well-behaved dogs on leads, and horses.
- No smoking anywhere on site (including outdoor spaces).


Welcome to The Charterhouse, a living testament to centuries of history, nestled between Barbican and Smithfield Market, just north of the iconic Charterhouse Square. Once a Carthusian monastery, this grand site has transformed over time into a private mansion, a boys' school, and, today, an almshouse—a role it continues to fulfill with grace.

The Charterhouse is more than just a venue; it is a journey through time, a story told with grand scales and intricate details. Whether you seek a location that embodies a specific historical period or provides an atmospheric backdrop for a shoot or event, The Charterhouse offers a diverse range of styles, architecture, lighting, and authentic period details.

With its unique advantage in the market, The Charterhouse is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Many guests are likely to find this location new, unexpected, and stunning - a venue that stands out in the heart of London. The indoor and outdoor spaces, each with its own unique character, provide countless opportunities for innovative formats and designs.

As The Charterhouse undergoes redevelopment, its main event spaces are now among the most prestigious venues in central London. The vision extends beyond hosting events; it is about creating a permanent and vital entity that contributes to charity and leaves a lasting legacy. The Charterhouse embraces a progressive attitude towards environmental sustainability and fair, ethical work practices.

By choosing one of our highly adaptable and characterful spaces for your event, you directly support this 400-year-old charity and contribute to the preservation of the site for future generations.


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