- It was established by Shyamji Krishna Verma to promote the nationalist views among the Indians of Britain.
- opened as a student-hostel
- In London between 1905-1910 used to grant scholarships to Indian youths for higher studies in England.
- Several nationalist like nationalists were associated with it, including Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Madan Lal Dhingra, Bhikaji Cama, V.N. Chatterjee, Lala Har Dayal, V.V.S. Aiyar, M.P.T. Acharya, and P.M. Bapat.
- India House published an anti-colonialist newspaper, The Indian Sociologist, which was banned later by the British.
- served as the headquarters for several organizations, the first of which was the Indian Home Rule Society (IHRS).