Margaret Thatcher Dead: Flowers Left Outside West London Home

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."

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."

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."

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