An almshouse is a housing charity. Our Almshouses provide homes for single women who are over 60 years old, are in financial and social need but are capable of living independently.
Our Almshouses are a small community of eight self-contained flats nestled around a lovely courtyard garden at the heart of central London – an oasis of calm in a busy Covent Garden. Each resident lives in a private flat and is free to come and go as they please. Everyone knows each other, everyone looks out for each other.
The homes are spread over ground and first floors. Each flat comprises of a living room, bedroom (one flat is a bed-sitting room), fully fitted kitchen, bathroom with walk-in shower and gas central heating. All are equipped with kitchen appliances, carpet, blinds and other furniture is brought in by the resident.
We refurbished most of the flats during 2019, with new kitchens and bathrooms and carpets. They look very bright and modern. We celebrated this at our annual Garden Party.
The St Giles Almshouses does not have any communal spaces, except the garden. It does not have a warden on site, although a Careline alarm service is in operation.