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Six ways to pay tribute to David Bowie in London

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

Since the tragic news of David Bowie's death broke this morning, Londoners have been paying tribute to him at the Brixton mural and sharing their memories of the star on Twitter. Whether you want to raise a glass to Ziggy or sign a petition to get planet Mars renamed in his honour, here are five more ways you can pay tribute to one of London's most groundbreaking artists.

1. Bowie Tribute Brixton Street Party

Got plans tonight? Cancel 'em and hotfoot it over to Brixton ASAP, where Londoners are coming together to host a street party in Bowie's honour. It's being organised by the folks at The Ritzy, who are asking people to bring instruments, speakers and food to help celebrate the life of the Brixton-born icon from 7pm. Find out more. The Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG. Free.

2. Celebrating the genius of David Bowie at the Prince Albert

If it gets too cold to dance in the streets, pop over to the Prince Albert – it's round the corner from The Ritzy and will be blasting out Bowie's hits all night long. Dig out your old face paint and get ready to perfect that lightning bolt, as dressing up is encouraged. Prince Albert, 418 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF. Free.

3. Bowie tribute gig at The Victoria

Can't make it over to Brixton? Head to The Victoria in Paddington, where David Bowie took to the stage nearly 50 years ago to the day. Tonight, the pub is hosting a tribute gig from 9pm, where you can expect to sing along to all the classics. The Victoria, 10A Strathearn Place, W2 2NH.

4. A David Bowie tribute at Genesis Cinema

If you can't manage to get to any of tonight's events, make sure you get tickets for this special double bill screening of 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' (1976) and 'The Hunger' (1983). Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ. £6.

5. Bow down to Bowie: Cancer Research fundraiser at Pop Brixton

Celebrate the life of David Bowie and help raise money for Cancer Research at Pop Brixton, where they'll be playing a carefully curated Bowie-themed playlist and raising a glass with cocktails named after some the singer's biggest hits. Pop Brixton, 53 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ.

6. Sign a petition

Alternatively, you can pay your respects to the Thin White Duke by signing a petition to get planet Mars renamed after him. Yes, really. Well, it's the least we could do. Or for something slightly closer to home, get behind this petition to build a David Bowie Memorial in Beckenham, where he once lived. 

...or just look up at the BT Tower

The London landmark is paying tribute to the late icon in the only way it knows how... 

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