On the same day I went to Epping, I found the time to go south of the river and take a quick look around Merton Abbey Mills. This is a shopping and restaurant complex near Colliers Wood Station, sited near the William Morris Printworks.
The buildings, most of which are original factories and mills, are sited near the river in a lovely location. There are shops and market stalls, as well as a tiny theatre (the Colour House Theatre), a stage for performers, and restaurants.
In one of the buildings there is a brief museum about the history of the mills, with some interesting exhibits.
I would like to come back here in the future – I think it would be a lovely place to relax over a meal.