Merton was a major location for filming the former ITV police drama The Bill, particularly in Mitcham and Colliers Wood, as well as Sun Hill police station. Born on the 5th of December 1932 at 9 Abbey Road Merton, Ray Austin is an English television and film director, television writer, novelist, stunt performer, and former actor from both England and the United States. Between 1968 and 2010, he directed episodes of The Avengers and The Saint in and around Merton.
Wimbledon Times (formerly Wimbledon Guardian) is the primary local newspaper in Merton. It was founded by a former Conservative councillor on Merton Council in 1977, but has since been sold and is now widely distributed in different editions throughout South London.
There are several notable businesses with their headquarters in the borough of Merton including:
- Eidos Interactive, a subsidiary of Square Enix, located in Wimbledon Bridge House in Wimbledon.
- Lenstore, an online optical retailer, located in Wimbledon Park
- Square Enix Europe: located in Wimbledon Bridge House in Wimbledon.
Lidl head offices, located in Wimbledon, although they are moving out of Wimbledon heading for Tolworth.
Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
As one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (along with the US, French and Australian Opens), the Championships of Wimbledon are held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Church Road Wimbledon each year. Over 200,000 people attend the Wimbledon fortnight during the end of June and the beginning of July, making it the largest annual sporting event in the United Kingdom.