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 within Surrey. The borough derives its name from the historic parish of Merton, which was centred on the location now referred to as South Wimbledon. The local authority is Merton London Borough Council.
Merton covers a total area of approximately 14.52 square miles. Merton is served by a wide range of National Rail stations across the borough, plus the southern tip of the London Underground's Northern line and also the District line on the Wimbledon branch. It's the only London Borough which has tube, rail and tram services.
The main industrial centres in Merton are Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon, of which Wimbledon is the biggest. Other smaller centres consist of Raynes Park, Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park and Pollards Hill. Each year, Wimbledon, one of the four tennis Grand Slam tournaments, takes place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Church Road Wimbledon. The event happens over a fortnight at the end of June and beginning of July and it's the biggest annual sporting occasion to take place in the United Kingdom, attracting more than 200000 visitors for the duration of the Wimbledon fortnight.