Burgers & Painted Ponies

Buggy, Harry’s girlfriend, has been visiting from the states.

She’s been over for a couple of weeks now and was starting to miss the taste of home.

With Harry working and Custard and I footloose & fancy free one lunchtime, we knew just where to take her.

The famous Bleecker St. Burger truck has taken up a residency on Southbank, just by the river.

Buggy’s a Red Sox fan and Bleecker St. is a Red Sox van, so I knew they’d have lots to talk about!

Me? I’m just in it for the burgers…

They sit comfortably around the summit of my Top 5 London Burgers.

The meat is superb, the cheese is melty, the sauce is rich, tangy and the bun is toasted to perfection.

The Angry Fries are pretty damn great too.

Hand cut chips smothered in hot sauce and blue cheese.

Our spread attracted a few jealous glances…

But the real test?

What would the American think?

I think we can safely say she liked it!

If you’re a burger fan, always keen one eye open looking for this truck.

Or just cheat and go see ’em at Southbank.

Monday to Thursday 12:00 to 8:00, Friday and Saturday 12:00 to 9:30 & Sunday 12:00 to 7:00

They’re down by the skate park.

Oh, and if you pop “SOUTHBANK” into the promocode bit of Uber, you get 50% off your ride to or from Sbank! (5th April – 20th April)

After our mammoth lunch, we walked along the river bank and people watched.

Custard likes it best when they fall over, the little scamp.

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We didn’t walk far before coming to a nice little distraction.

In the form of a singing, whirling, gilded and glittering carousel.

We just couldn’t resist.

(I got “she’s got a ticket to riiiiide, she’s got a ticket to ri-i-iiide, she’s got a ticket to ride and she don’t caaarree” stuck in my head the moment I took this picture and couldn’t get it out for the rest of the day. Hopefully it’s in yours now too.)

Custard & I jumped on a pony called James and we set off!

I saw this quote on Tumblr a little while ago;

I’ve been using it as an excuse for adventures ever since.

I suggest you do the same!

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  • Edward

    That looks amazing and the Uber code sealed the seal. I’ll send you the bill from my tailor when he has to make my trousers bigger.

  • Alice

    Oh my those burgers look so juicy. I am obsessed with Custard, he without a doubt has a human personality, you can see it in everything he does! Best dog ever. x


  • Hannah

    Lovely post as usual Rosie – I’m a massive Bleecker fan!
    Not sure if you have tried Burger Bear yet – currently have a residency at The Old Nun’s Head in Nunhead (near Peckham but it’s nice, I promise!!) on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s.
    For me it’s up there with Bleecker and P&B!

  • Cavorting in the Country

    Rosie Rosie Rosie – please please please tell me how you eat like this and stay so slim? Those burgers look so good but the bread buns and chips along with burgers would just go straight to my thighs, belly, legs, etc. etc. you must have a second stomach somewhere – not attached to that beautiful figure. I too am desperately in love with Cute Custard – although those pics of Monty from Mothering Sunday do give Custard a run for his money πŸ˜‰


  • The burgers and especially the chips look delicious :’) lovely photos x

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  • The Broke Boy

    I’ve always loved that skate park! Always a good photo point. That burger van makes it even more dreamy…I feel a trip coming on!

  • The slow pace

    My God that looks delicious!!! I would love to see a post about your top ten burgers… in the world! You are my burger bible πŸ˜‰

  • That’s where I’m having a burger next time I’m in London! The FRIES, holy moly. Blue cheese, mmm x

  • What a wonderful quote! I lived in England for a few years and desperately missed two cuisine items…the juicy burger and proper Mexican (still never found decent Mexican over there). When I’m back I’ll have to try Bleecker. You can’t beat English curry though. The states has nothin on it!

    On a side note, I’m trying to start a little wave of wonderfulness today with my Pay it Forward post. Will you join in by doing something nice for a stranger today? My hope is that it will start a domino affect of love today.

    V @ Life+1
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  • Tamsin Wong

    jesus christ those angry fries look incredible I need to get my hands on those ASAP


  • Imogen Stafford

    ooo that burger looks gooooooooood!

  • skybluesounds

    omg those burgers look SO GOOD!!!!


  • That look of approval is priceless πŸ™‚ As a fellow American it looks like a trip to Southbank is in order!!

  • Now that’s a great burger if I ever saw one and the fries look wonderful. I can only imagine how delicious it tastes. Great post and great pics. I’m going to invade my fridge now…


  • Dickiegirl

    The burgers look amazing. Can’t wait to try them! Where is Buggy’s hat from? I love it!

  • Courtney

    Rosie- Have you actually done a Top 5 London Burgers post? If not, please do because I’m moving to London soon and I want I want I need I need I need! πŸ™‚

  • They look the Mother of all burgers. I adore your gingham checked scarf Rosie!

    Hugs xoxo


  • Queenie Lee

    Oh my god, the food looks INCREDIBLE! Looks like the 3 of you had a great time πŸ™‚ xxx


  • Those burgers look delicious!! I always love a good burger and fries! Looks like it was an adventurous day! I agree I will probably always forget my age and thats ok.

    -The Southern Adventurer

  • Those fries look epic!

    Fie xx


  • Me

    i HAVE To ask – please please please tell me your top 4 other burger places!! πŸ™‚ xx

  • saradujour

    Wonderful post, but all I could think was: THAT’S THE CAROUSEL FROM SAVING MR. BANKS!!!! Right?

    I’m a massive Emma Thompson fan so that’s got me excited. Have a lovely Wednesday! x


  • I don’t know why she ridin’ so high, She ought to think twice… Yup that’s me humming that for the rest of the day!!
    What a fun day, and that burger looks amazing xo

  • Eleri Roberts

    Burger porn! They look ah-mazing! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • You look amazing, as usual, and Buggy seems happy in London but Custard is not impressed with James-the-pony, I’m afraid!:)

  • omgosh! Your pup is so cute. Give that baby a french fry!


  • These burgers look so delish! Maybe i’ll get the chance to try em out one day!

  • Claire Bosselut

    Angry fries? Double steack burger? I’m aaaall in !

  • Can’t believe Custard went on the ponies! That dog lives the dream! Little London Girl x

  • Ellen P-H

    Those chips look quite amazing! And I love people watching – it’s the best thing to do xx


  • Those burgers look amazing! πŸ™‚ x


  • Adorable post! Looks like a lovely day. I’m all about that Tumblr quote, too…live it up!

  • Love that quote

  • that burger looks sooo good !! and i love how custard is a little human, so cute perched up watching the skater-boys
    Lauren x

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  • The look on Custard’s face when surrounded by those burgers… you two are too cruel to him! πŸ™‚ I love, love, love that quote. Here’s to living!

  • Lesley

    Looks like such a fun day! x

  • The “Top 5 Burgers” should totally be made a link! I tried Byron Burger (per your praise) when I was in London last week and loved it! ( It’s been popped up on the blog today in fact, http://yourskenna.blogspot.it/2014/04/uk2.html ) Love reading your adventures!

  • Chrissabella

    Oh my those burger pics nearly made me drool all over my laptop …. South bank here I come πŸ™‚ haha


  • I am literally drooling right now… I reckon this burger might be worth a trip down from Scotland!

    Christy x
    another weekend without make-up

  • The Portuguese Pink Pie

    The burgers looked amazing! And you look great as usual. Bit of tan as well?


  • This post made me miss london so muchhhhhh!!! Love burgers and love southbank xxx

    Cheeni @ http://www.cheenithoughts.com

  • Kristi Kowalski

    You’re much cooler than I am…I got “I’ve got a golden ticket” you know..from Willy Wonka?? Stuck in my head as soon as I saw the pic of your carrousel tickets! Thannkkssssss πŸ™‚

  • Jana

    You should also go to Honest Burgers!!! They have absolutely DELICIOUS burgers and a few branches in London!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • I love french fries and hamburgers so OMG this looks like a dream. The food part I mean πŸ˜‰


  • I love a sunny day on the Southbank. I took my fiance’s nieces on that carousel a couple of weeks ago, they loved it! Such a lovely day.

    Lots of love,


    SilverSpoon London

  • Olivia @ Liv Lives Life

    Gosh, Custard is just the cutest!! I love the pictures where he’s looking at his mommy – dogs are the best.
    Yep, I definitely have that song in my head now, but it’s such a great one!
    Beautiful photos of London, as usual. πŸ™‚

  • Looks amazing, and makes me want to go and get some mince to make burgers!

  • The burgers look insane! Love a good dose of melting cheese. Plus fries with hot sauce and blue cheese can only be a winner! Buggy’s hat is great as well! xxxxxx

  • You have great hair when it’s curled! What products do you use??


  • Allison

    Holy crap do those burgers look absolutely amazing! As a US citizen I can say we totally don’t get burgers like that here!


  • Oriette

    Such a fun afternoon! Can’t wait to venture back to London πŸ™‚ xx


  • Sophie

    Blimey, massive star rating for this joint… Reckon they do veggie?

    Sophie x


  • I love a good carousel. Me and my step-mum have a tradition of riding the carousel that’s usually in Mermaid Quay in Cardiff. Soon after she started seeing my dad, we went out for my birthday dinner, and somewhat tipsily decided to ride the carousel. The habit has stuck!

  • Sandra

    Nom nom nom! Those burgers look mouth-wateringly delicious! And I must say I can never get enough of Custard, he is just the cutest thing I have ever seen! πŸ˜€

  • Sepideh

    Wow that burger looks INCREDIBLE! I just want to reach through my computer screen and grab it and have a bite!!!

    Super cute blush purse by the way


  • MissEmmySue

    Those fries though…oh my goodness.
    Why is food truck food always so delicious?! I will never understand (and never complain!)


  • Hey Rosie!

    Your photographs are always great! Are you still using the RX100 II and what do you use to edit them? They have a certain theme/filter and I feel like they’re due to some awesome editing…

    Zai xx

  • beautykinguk

    OMG why has it taken me so long to learn about this place?!? Those burger patties look amazing! Stephen :o)

  • Damn those burgers look tasty….pretty please GET US SOME IN THE OFFICE!!!