MUSIC legend David Bowie made one final secret trip to London in an emotional goodbye to his home city as he showed his wife and daughter where he grew up, it has been revealed.
The iconic rock star lost his battle with cancer on Monday, sending shockwaves of grief around the world.
But Bowie – who famously used the alter ego Ziggy Stardust – visited the capital one last time before he passed away.
He made the trip shortly before being diagnosed with cancer, showing wife Iman and daughter Alexandria, 15, the Tower of London, the London Eye and the house where he was born in Brixton.
The icon lived his final years in New York but bravely overcame his fear of flights to say farewell to his home city, where he stayed with his family in the five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge.
During the trip, which took place 18 months ago, Bowie and his family visited the house where he was born, just minutes away from where thousands gathered to pay tribute to ‘Brixton’s Own Boy’ after news of his death.
They then visited Foxgrove Road, in Beckenham, where David lived in March 1969 before releasing Space Oddity.
Alexandria, known as Lexi, who was 13 at the time, took a picture of Bowie outside the Beckenham home.
Though his diagnosis was a secret, Bowie’s wife Iman revealed details of the trip in an interview in the same year, around the time he was diagnosed.
She said: “We went this summer. And no one knew we were there. We flew in on the jet to Luton and every day we went and did different things and the press never knew.”
She talked about how they were able to walk around London anonymously, moving freely without being recognised.
Iman added: “It’s absurd this idea that celebrities can’t be anonymous. We even went on the London Eye.
“We queued separately, Lexi had a friend with her and they went with the bodyguard and then we all met on board.”
Speaking whether Lexi enjoyed her trip, Iman said: “Yes! He took her to Beckenham. They went and took a photo outside the house he grew up in.”
The family considered moving to London, according to the supermodel, and even bought a house there, but ended up staying in New York instead.
Bowie moved to New York to live with his family in 1993 but he was never forgotten in London, where thousands gathered to pay tribute to him the day his death was announced.
Fans laid flowers down by a mural devoted to the rockstar, who was propelled to international stardom after launching his career in London, and has performed with and written for some of Britain’s most respected musicians, including Queen, Elton John, and John Lennon.