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Walthamstow Stadium: "Feeling Lucky" London Nightlife Tip by Imbi

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  Race is on
by Imbi
 
 

Fourteen times a night they set the hounds on a 400-meter sand track in pursuit of a poor, furry (albeit fake) bunny. Two systems of betting are available: a 20-pence minimum "tote" on the periphery and five-pound minimum trackside bets. Odds on a dog can change even a few minutes before each race, resulting in absolute mayhem trackside, with bookmakers shouting rapidly in Cockney dog-racing jargon. Race enthusiasts range from working-class families to old blokes with unashed smokes hanging precariously from their lips to trendy 20-somethings out on a lark. One geezer was overheard telling a young spectator, "I've been placing bets on these dogs for 25 years. I'd advise you not to play."

Rates: £ 2.50 to £ 5 (Junior Side admission free on Tuesdays)

Hours: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Dress Code: no dress code

Address: Walthamstow, London
Directions: Chingford and Rushcroft Roads; buses run from Walthamstow Central Station
Phone: (+44) 20 8498 3300
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 17, 2002
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