The London Borough of Merton is a borough in south-west London, England. The borough was formed under the London Government Act 1963 in 1965 by the merger of the Municipal Borough of Mitcham, the Municipal Borough of Wimbledon and the Merton and Morden Urban District, all formerly inside Surrey. The borough derives its name from the historic parish of Merton, which was centred around the area now generally known as South Wimbledon. The local authority is Merton London Borough Council.
Merton covers a total area of approximately 14.52 square miles. The borough is also served by several London Tramlink stops from Wimbledon, which goes to Croydon, New Addington, Elmers End and Beckenham. It's the only London Borough which has tube, rail and tram services.
The key commercial centres in Merton are Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon, of which Wimbledon is the biggest. Other smaller sized centres consist of Raynes Park, Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park and Pollards Hill. Each year, Wimbledon, one of the 4 tennis Grand Slam tournaments, takes place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Church Road Wimbledon. The event takes place over a fortnight at the end of June and start of July and it is the largest annual sporting occasion to take place in the UK, attracting over 200000 visitors for the duration of the Wimbledon fortnight.