Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Do you have parking facilities?
Answer: No, afraid not. The nearest car park is in the Broadway, near to Wimbledon Theatre (approx. 5 mins walk). Unloading is prohibited outside the house on Mon-Sat from 7-10am and 4-7pm. Other times it is allowed. As of 1 December 2014 there are no restrictions to parking on The Broadway on a Sunday, so visitors can park outside the House on that day.

Question: What is the maximum capacity of the rooms?
Answer: Room 1, the Tony Kane Room, on the left as you enter the building, can seat 60.
Rooms 3 and 4, the George Bernard Shaw and Rose Lamartine Yates Rooms, can seat 15 each.
Room 7, the Tom Braddock Room, can seat 20.

Question: What are your opening hours?
Answer: We are open 7 days a week 365 days a year

Question: What is access to the building like?
Answer: There is good access to the ground floor of our building, either via stairs or a lift (please contact us in advance to get the code to access the lift)

Question: Do you have an accessible toilet facilities?
Answer: Yes. On the ground floor near to our kitchen area.

Question: Can I make an appointment to visit you and see the rooms and facilities?
Answer: Yes. If you e-mail, we can arrange a time for you to come and visit. Visitors are only admitted with a prior appointment.

Question: What type of organisation are you?
Answer: We are a “registered Society” under the Co-operative and Communities Benefit Act 2014. We have a Management Committee of volunteers (from the local community) who are responsible for the operation of the House.

Question: How long have you been in existence?
Answer: William Morris Meetings Rooms has been a community meeting place for local people in Wimbledon and Merton for over 95 years. We were established on 2 December 1921 and we took ownership of our premises on 1 September 1922 after a concerted effort by workers from the local Labour and Trade Union movement to raise funds. On 22 September 1922, the House was officially opened by The Rt. Hon. Arthur Henderson MP. In 1930 a decision was taken to add more space and a new Hall was built. The Architect Tom Braddock (MP for Mitcham from 1945 to 1950) designed the new Hall and it was decided to call it William Morris Hall in recognition of the significant contribution that William Morris had made to the Labour movement and the wider society. Not far from Wimbledon was where William Morris used to work at Morris & Co in Merton Abbey Mills. In the early 1980s, it was decided to call the House, William Morris Meetings Rooms.