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Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone says her Grade-II-listed white-stucco house in stately Eaton Square is not for her, but for her dogs. While art heiress Paloma Picasso is selling her three-bedroom Cheyne Walk home overlooking the Thames for £6.5 million
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Petra Ecclestone
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Petra Ecclestone

It’s not for me, it’s for my dogs, says Bernie’s Petra

Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone must be the only 21-year-old to own a house in stately Eaton Square, SW1. But why would she want to live in such a stuffy, wrinkly-infested area, albeit in an immaculate Thomas Cubitt-designed, Grade II-listed white-stucco building?

Explains the funky menswear-designing daughter of billionaire Bernie Ecclestone: “I have five dogs, so it’s great for going out walking with them. I have two bulldogs called Sumo and Lola, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel called Coco, a boxer named Rocky and a maltipoo, which is a cross between a Maltese terrier and a poodle, called Bugsy.”

Oh yes, Petra also has a boyfriend, Chelsea man-about-town James Stunt. So I suspect her canines are banned from the boudoir.

Holland Park restaurateur Johnny Ekperigen is selling his new-build riverside Chiswick home for £1.8 million through Hamptons International. “The house is on Thames Crescent and originally had six bedrooms but we turned two of them into a gym,” says the dandyish martial arts enthusiast, who has three children — Tobias, Camille and Sebastian — from his personal trainer wife Bertie.

“We’re planning to move nearer to my restaurant, Julie’s, and my hotel, The Portobello.” Julie’s, a louche haunt of Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jade Jagger and Lenny Henry, has a special table, G3, carefully placed in a discreet curtained-off alcove.

“It’s known as the ‘G Spot’ and is booked months ahead,” he scoffs. The Portobello, meanwhile, is notorious as the hotel where Kate Moss and her former passion, actor Johnny Depp, once enjoyed a champagne-filled bath.

Paloma Picasso
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Paloma Picasso
Art heiress Paloma Picasso is selling her three-bedroom Cheyne Walk home overlooking the Thames for £6.5 million through Strutt & Parker. The narrow red-brick Queen Anne house with a double garden has planning consent to almost double its size to 7,300sq ft, to provide four more bedrooms, a cinema, a swimming pool, garage and accommodation for staff.

“The place has been empty for five years and is in a poor state,” warns an insider: “You need a torch and hard hat to visit it.”

Exotic Paloma, famed for her fashion designs, silver jewellery and perfume, has homes in Paris and Lausanne. She is married to Eric Thevenet, a French doctor and osteopath 10 years her junior.

Nick Heyward
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Nick Heyward
Most pop stars change their homes like their haircuts, but not Nick Heyward, former lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of cheesy Eighties pop band Haircut 100, which enjoyed Top 10 hits such as Love Plus One and Fantastic Day.

“I still don’t own anything except my clothes,” he laughs. Instead, the cool Beckenham-born toymaker’s son rents a house in rural Oxfordshire. He has two children, Oliver and Katie, from his wife Marian Killen, though he is best known as having been soap star Patsy Kensit’s first squeeze.

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