On 5 May, one of the most popular politicians in the country will step down from his position as the Mayor of London. Over the past eight years, Boris Johnson has used the office to raise his personal profile, growing from goofy outsider of the Conservative party to many people's pick for its next leader.

His gaffe-prone persona has led to him becoming a media favourite, with the 51-year-old Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP being involved in everything from zip-lining accidents to clotheslining Japanese children since he took office in 2008. In honour of the end of his eyecatching eight-year term, IBTimes UK has picked out BoJo's best bits.