Letter Writing # 157 - You have invited a friend to visit London

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have invited a friend from India to visit London on a vacation. The British High Commission in India asked your friend to submit a formal letter showing that you are ready to host your friend. Now your friend has asked you to send him a letter that would assert that you have indeed invited this friend and ready to host him/her for the vacation.

Write a letter to your friend in India that he/she would submit to the High Commission. In your letter state that you are ready to act as the host for this friend and state that you are financially solvent.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any address.

Sample Answer 1:

Dear Amrita,

Hope you and your parents are doing great. I am writing to affirm that I would be more than delighted to host you as a guest at our house for one to three months, any time of the year. I reaffirm that you are invited to stay in our large 5-bedroom house and dine with us during your stay. I own this house which is located in the central London and have two spare rooms. I have already made plans to visit main attractions in London and cannot wait to see you.

I will receive you at the airport and while you are in London, I will take care of the expenses. I work for a local fashion house as a senior manager and my yearly salary is more than 60 thousand Pounds. My husband is a doctor and he earns more than I do. So you do not need to worry about any expense or budget at all. You are a family member to me, not just a friend and I am looking forward to having some quality time with you here in London. I hereby enclose my last six months’ bank statement and last year’s tax papers as references, in case you need those to submit to the embassy.  

Do not take long to visit us.

With loves and good wishes,


Sample Answer 2:

Dear Nilam,

It was so exciting to read your last letter, especially your adventure in a distant village which I would never dare to attempt. It was nice to learn that you and your family members are doing excellent.

As I have already stated in one of my previous letters to you, I am eagerly waiting for your arrival in London. I already have plans and I cannot wait to receive you at the airport. I am a software engineer in a large company in London and my wife is a lecturer at a college. We are financially solvent and own a large apartment in the city centre. We have two spare rooms that can accommodate 2-3 guests and are currently vacant.

I have not met you for more than 5 years and this was mostly because of your academic involvements. I wish our time together in London would take back us to our college days which was magical. I marvel how time does fly! Do hurry to meet me as I cannot wait any longer to have you with us.


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0 # Rajesh 2017-12-06 08:10
It was a nice and a productive letter.
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