Flags across the nation have been lowered to half mast and well-wishers have been leaving flowers outside her London home, after the announcement of Margaret Thatcher's death earlier on Monday.

Within an hour of the news bulletin, Rio Butterworth, a 24-year-old personal assistant and former student of political sciences from Chelsea, went to lay flowers outside the property in Chester Square, west London.

She said Thatcher was "one of the best politicians we've ever had" and added": I got a text from my friend when I was shopping and came here straight away. I knew where it was because taxi drivers point it out," she said.

"I'm a bit disappointed I'm the first. She was such a strong woman."

thatcher

The British flag flies at half mast at Downing Street

A second bouquet from neighbours on the square read: "RIP Margaret Thatcher. The greatest British leader and a true lady. You make Britain what it is. Rest in peace, Meg Allen and family."

LIKE HUFFPOST UK POLITICS ON FACEBOOK | FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Kim Jackson, 37, and Louise Holden, 49, from Blackpool, brought blue chrysanthemums in memory of the true blue leader.

The pair were in London for a long weekend and had the address pointed out to them during an open-top bus tour yesterday.

Business manager Ms Holden said: "I was 16 when she came to power and as a 16-year-old girl she gave you the realisation that you can do anything. Work hard and do what you want."

Ms Jackson, a restaurant operations manager, added: "I think it's a very sad day. She was my idol and she was an inspiration."

SEE ALSO:
Loading Slideshow...
  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A book about former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with a message on the cover is left next to floral tributes outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke on 8th April, aged 87. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A book about former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with a message on the cover is left next to floral tributes outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke on 8th April, aged 87. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER

    A book (R) and floral tributes are left in honour of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher outside her home in central London, on April 8, 2013, following her death earlier Monday. Margaret Thatcher, the 'Iron Lady' who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on Monday at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A detail of a floral tribute left outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. It has been confirmed that Lady Thatcher has died this morning following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minster and governed the UK from 1979 to 1990. She led the UK through some turbulent years and contentious issues including the Falklands War, the miners strike and the Poll Tax riots. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A floral tribute with a message to 'The Iron Lady' is left outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke on 8th April, aged 87. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • A floral tribute is seen after being laid outside the home of the late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London, Monday, April 8, 2013. Margaret Thatcher, the combative "Iron Lady" who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets in 11 bruising years as prime minister, has died. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A book about former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is left next to floral tributes outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke on 8th April, aged 87. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER

    A man places a floral tribute outside the home of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in central London, on April 08, 2013, following her death earlier Monday. Margaret Thatcher, the 'Iron Lady' who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on Monday at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A floral tribute is seen after being laid outside the home of the late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London, Monday, April 8, 2013. Margaret Thatcher, the combative "Iron Lady" who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets in 11 bruising years as prime minister, has died. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER

    A woman leaves flowers outside the home of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in central London, on April 8, 2013, following her death earlier Monday. Margaret Thatcher, the 'Iron Lady' who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on Monday at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A man leaves a book next to floral tributes outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square in front of photographers and members of the media on April 8, 2013 in London, England. It has been confirmed that Lady Thatcher has died this morning following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minster and governed the UK from 1979 to 1990. She led the UK through some turbulent years and contentious issues including the Falklands War, the miner’s strike and the Poll Tax riots. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A man leaves a floral tribute outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square in front of photographers and members of the media on April 8, 2013 in London, England. It has been confirmed that Lady Thatcher has died this morning following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minster and governed the UK from 1979 to 1990. She led the UK through some turbulent years and contentious issues including the Falklands War, the miner’s strike and the Poll Tax riots. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A man leaves a floral tribute outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. It has been confirmed that Lady Thatcher has died this morning following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minster and governed the UK from 1979 to 1990. She led the UK through some turbulent years and contentious issues including the Falklands War, the miner’s strike and the Poll Tax riots. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A member of the public arrives to leave a floral tribute outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. It has been confirmed that Lady Thatcher has died this morning following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minster and governed the UK from 1979 to 1990. She led the UK through some turbulent years and contentious issues including the Falklands War, the miner’s strike and the Poll Tax riots. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER

    A television cameraman films floral tributes left outside the home of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in central London, on April 8, 2013, following her death earlier Monday. Margaret Thatcher, the 'Iron Lady' who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on Monday at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A policeman lays a floral tribute on behalf of a member of the public outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. It has been confirmed that Lady Thatcher has died this morning following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minster and governed the UK from 1979 to 1990. She led the UK through some turbulent years and contentious issues including the Falklands War, the miner’s strike and the Poll Tax riots. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A member of the public leaves a floral tribute outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. It has been confirmed that Lady Thatcher has died this morning following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minster and governed the UK from 1979 to 1990. She led the UK through some turbulent years and contentious issues including the Falklands War, the miner’s strike and the Poll Tax riots. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Members of the media film and photograph floral tributes laid outside the home of the late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London, Monday, April 8, 2013. Margaret Thatcher, the combative "Iron Lady" who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets in 11 bruising years as prime minister, has died. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Members of the media film and photograph floral tributes laid outside the home of the late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London, Monday, April 8, 2013. Margaret Thatcher, the combative "Iron Lady" who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets in 11 bruising years as prime minister, has died. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • A floral tribute is seen after being laid outside the home of the late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London, Monday, April 8, 2013. Margaret Thatcher, the combative "Iron Lady" who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets in 11 bruising years as prime minister, has died. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Baroness Thatcher death

    The British flag flies at half mast at Downing Street, London as Lady Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 following a stroke, her family announced today.

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: A floral tribute is left outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. It has been confirmed that Lady Thatcher has died this morning following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minster and governed the UK from 1979 to 1990. She led the UK through some turbulent years and contentious issues including the Falklands War, the miner’s strike and the Poll Tax riots. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Baroness Thatcher death

    The British flag flies at half mast at Downing Street, London as Lady Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 following a stroke, her family announced today.

  • BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER

    Workmen lower Britain's Union flag to half-mast above 10 Downing Street in London, on April 8, 2013, following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher, the 'Iron Lady' who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on Monday at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER

    Workmen lower Britain's Union flag to half-mast above 10 Downing Street in London, on April 8, 2013, following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher, the 'Iron Lady' who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on Monday at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)