London Borough of Merton

The London Borough of Merton (/ˈmɜːtən/ (listen)) is a borough in south-west London, England.

London Borough of Merton
Merton shown within Greater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Historic countySurrey
Created1 April 1965
Admin HQCivic Centre
  TypeLondon borough council
  BodyMerton London Borough Council
  LeadershipMark Allison (Labour)
  MayorMike Brunt
  London AssemblyLeonie Cooper (Lab) AM for Merton and Wandsworth
  MPsStephen Hammond (Conservative)
Siobhain McDonagh (Lab)
  Total14.52 sq mi (37.61 km2)
Area rank287th (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank90th (of 309)
  Density14,000/sq mi (5,500/km2)
48.4% White British
2.2% White Irish
0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
14.2% Other White
1.3% White & Black Caribbean
0.6% White & Black African
1.4% White & Asian
1.3% Other Mixed
4.1% Indian
3.7% Pakistani
1.1% Bangladeshi
1.3% Chinese
7.9% Other Asian
5.2% Black African
4.1% Black Caribbean
1.1% Other Black
0.7% Arab
1.2% Other
Time zoneUTC (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Area code(s)020
ONS code00BA
GSS codeE09000024
PoliceMetropolitan Police

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 within Surrey. The main commercial centres in Merton are Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon, of which Wimbledon is the largest. Other smaller centres include Raynes Park, Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park and Pollards Hill. The borough is the host of the Wimbledon tournament, one of tennis's Grand Slam competitions.

The borough derives its name from the historic parish of Merton which was centred on the area now known as South Wimbledon. Merton was chosen as an acceptable compromise, following a dispute between Wimbledon and Mitcham over the new borough's name. The local authority is Merton London Borough Council, which is based in Morden.