These are the oldest pubs in south east London named in this year's CAMRA (Campaign of Real Ales) Good Beer Guide 2024.

The much-anticipated Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide, celebrating the best of Britain’s pubs, has released its 51st edition this year.

The guide surveys 4,500 of Britain's best pubs, highlighting pubs old and new.

We’ve already covered the named pubs from Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Dartford, and today we are going to be looking at the oldest pub from each of those boroughs named on this year's list.

Today we’ve rounded up the oldest pub from each south east London borough that made the CAMRA Good Beer Guide this year and a bit about them.

Robin Hood and Little John – Bexley

78 Lion Road, DA6 8PF

Dating back to the 1830s, this family-run pub has earned a reputation as a popular spot in Bexley.

The pub has won CAMRA London Pub of the Year three times and CAMRA Local Pub of the Year on ten occasions.

The pub serves a range of home-cooked food at lunchtimes along with Italian dishes.

The pub also offers seven ales, two guest ales and five lager options.

Queen’s Head – Bromley

25 High Street, BR6 7US

Located in Downe Village, the Queen’s Head dates back to 1565 and was named following a visit from Queen Elizabeth to the village of Downe in Bromley.

The pub has been named in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for 12 years and was also awarded Pub of the Year in 2014.

The pub was also a popular drinking spot for Charles Darwin, who lived in the nearby Down House in the village, which you can still visit today.

In the winter the pub offers roaring log fires and in the summer it offers outdoor eating spaces with a marquee.

The Plume of Feathers – Greenwich

19 Park Vista, SE10 9LZ

The Plume of Feathers dates back to 1691 when it was first built.

In the 1500s, the pub was a popular spot for people travelling with coaches and carts, who would stop off on the way through London to Kent.

The pub still has many of its original features, including the claygate fireplace and historical paintings hanging on the walls.

If you get peckish they also have a range of classic options like fish and chips, sausage and mash, and sticky toffee pudding, and the pub is closely situated to Greenwich Park, making it a great place for families and dog walkers.

Hare & Billet – Lewisham

1A Eliot Cottages, Hare & Billet Road, SE3 0QJ

Although the current building dates back to the 19th century, an inn of that name has existed on the site since around 1732 according to records.

The Hare and Billet in Blackheath is a popular pub offering a range of pub classics with an outdoor pond and is also dog-friendly.

The pub was also named winner of the “Time Out” Love London Awards for Best Pub in Blackheath in 2016.

Malt Shovel – Dartford

3 Darenth Road, DA1 1LP 

Malt Shovel is a traditional country pub dating back to the 1500s, with records going back to 1673, according to WhatPub.

The pub serves a selection of cask ales, craft beers and wines, along with a range of home-cooked food including tapas dishes and classic pub-style meals, from steak and chips to its “famous” Sunday roast.

The pub also hosts quiz nights on Monday evenings, crib on Tuesdays, and jazz nights also take place on the first Wednesday of every month.