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 along with 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 location now generally known as South Wimbledon. The local authority is Merton London Borough Council.
In line with population estimates made during 2014, the borough has a permanent population of about 203515 inhabitants. Merton is served by a wide selection of National Rail stations across the borough, as well as the southern tip of the London Underground's Northern line as well as the District line around the Wimbledon branch. It's the only London Borough which has tube, rail and tram services.
The principle industrial 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 occurs over a fortnight at the end of June and start of July and it's the biggest annual sporting occasion to take place in the UK, attracting more than 200000 visitors throughout the Wimbledon fortnight.