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If you fancy following in the long strides of Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt, the West Drayton penthouse that he recently occupied is up for sale
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Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair
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Ex-President Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair

The great dictator ends up in Paddington

Little has been heard of Pakistan’s pugnacious ex-president Pervez Musharraf since he lost power last year. But he has now re-surfaced in Paddington where he occupies a closely-guarded penthouse in a modern building described by a local agent as “a very prestigious block”. “Flats in this highly desirable block can sell for up to £2 million,” he adds.

But the former general’s main home remains in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad where he recently finished building a four-bedroom Moroccan-style mansion with a five-acre garden, swimming pool and ornamental fish pond.

Ironically Musharraf’s London pad is only a short stroll from his old ally Tony Blair, who lives in a £6.6 million Georgian house in Connaught Square.

Usain Bolt
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Usain Bolt
If you fancy following in the long strides of Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt, developer St George is selling, for £324,950, the West Drayton penthouse that he recently occupied.

The 6ft 5in Jamaican grocers’ son rented the three-bedroom Parkwest property while training for the World Championships. “The flat was hugely convenient for Heathrow,” he says. Usain, normally based in scenic Trelawny near Montego Bay, was dubbed “the Lightning Bolt” after winning Olympic gold in the 100 metres, the 200 metres and the 4x100 metres relay last year.

Coincidentally, the 574-home Parkwest development is on the site of the old West Drayton RAF station - the temporary home of the world’s top male athletes during the London Olympics in 1948.

George Best
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George Best
It’s hard to believe that George Best died almost four years ago of a multiple organ failure caused by years of heavy drinking. But last month his last tangible link with Britain was cut when his sister, Barbara McNarry, sold his “secret” investment pied-à-terre in Chelsea.

The one-bedroom unmodernised short-lease Cheyne Walk flat overlooking Albert Bridge fetched an estimated £450,000 through Ashdown Marks. “Over the years this property proved to be a nice little earner for George,” reports a friend.

The mercurial Irishman lived in a small flat nearby but spent most of his time grandstanding in the Phene Arms. The cash is likely to benefit the George Best Foundation set up to “raise money for research into liver disease and alcoholism”.

Jasmine Horowitz
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Jasmine Horowitz
Palm Beach socialite Jasmine Horowitz, Ivana Trump’s best friend, is on the prowl for an elegant, high-ceilinged house with plenty of entertaining space in Belgravia, Kensington or Chelsea.

She already owns fully staffed seaside homes in Florida and Sardinia. “I’m looking for a permanent London home because it’s such a fabulous place — there’s always so much going on, purrs the Polish-born, Swiss-raised party-giver. “It’s not simply the social and cultural dimensions but it’s also very international.”

Meanwhile Jasmine, whose late husband was the legendary jeweller Fred Horowitz, has rented a Lennox Gardens flat near Harrods.

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