India House, London

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For the Indian nationalist organisation between 1905-1910, see India House.
High Commission of India in London
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Location Aldwych, London
Address India House, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4NA
High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Ranjan Mathai

The High Commission of India in London is the diplomatic mission of India in the United Kingdom.[1] It is located in India House on Aldwych, between Bush House, what was Marconi House (now Citibank) and the High Commission of Australia.[2] It faces both the London School of Economics and King's College London. Proposed in 1925 by the Indian High Commissioner Sir Atul Chatterjee, the building was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1930.[3] It was formally inaugurated on 8 July 1930 by the King-Emperor George V.[4] There are twelve decorations on the outside of the building representing the various states of India (under the British Raj), described as follows:

Emblem State
Tiger Bengal
Ship Bombay
Fort St George Madras
Fishes and bow and arrow Central Provinces
Sun and five rivers Punjab
Bo-tree and swastikas Bihar and Orissa
Snakes United Provinces
Elephant Delhi
Rhinoceros Assam
Peacock Burma
Camels Baluchistan
Moon and gateway North West Frontier[5]

There is also a bust of Jawaharlal Nehru which was unveiled by John Major in 1991.[6] Since 1981 it has been a Grade II Listed Building.[7]



  1. ^ "The London Diplomatic List" (PDF). 14 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The London Diplomatic List" (PDF). 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "India House". 2 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "India House". 2 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Mee, Arthur. The King's England London: The Classic Guide (2014 ed.). Amberley. p. 118. 
  6. ^ "India House". 2 November 2013. 
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