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Boris Johnson's Finest Moments As Mayor Of London In Pictures

He's certainly been one of a kind.

05/05/2016 14:56 BST

As Boris Johnson prepares to hand over the baton to the next Mayor of London, it's hard not to look back over his time in power with a slightly wistful eye.

Will Sadiq Khan ever get trapped on a zipwire? Will Zac Goldsmith ever take out a kid in a game of rugby? Who knows.

But it's probably safe to say that we'll never quite have a mayor like Boris again...

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    Boris Johnson has given everyone a laugh during his time as Mayor of London - sometimes unwittingly.
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    He's been keen to ensure the Olympic legacy isn't forgotten...
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    ...and was happy to enlist the help of sporting stars along the way.
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    In fact, he refused to let anyone get in his way.
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    Even children.
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    He made sure to test out plenty of the Olympic Park's facilities for himself.
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    He was certainly never caught lying down on the job.
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    Honestly, you'd never know he wasn't a pro.
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    Total pro.
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    100% absolute pro.
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    He's got his priorities straight.
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    He brought cycling superhighways to the capital - even if not everyone was pleased about it.
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    In fact, he'll bring cycling into just about anything. Even a red carpet event.
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    His boss always knows he's got his back (apart from on the teeny tiny issue of the EU referendum).
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    He's been insistent that the Emirates Air Line won't get terminated.
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    He knows Londoners are built of strong stuff.
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    He's done his bit for housing.
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    As well doing plenty of useful research.
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    He's proved he's a natural at getting down with the kids.
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    And is definitely known for his poise and elegance.
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    He knows exactly how to dress for his surroundings.
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    Always looking like an absolute natural.
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    He's proved he's a natural with children.
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    And animals.
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    Oh and fish.
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    He managed to finally get Tube drivers to accept a Night Tube deal - although admittedly lost some support along the way.
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    No doubt there must have been times when he considered a quick getaway.
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    But he proved to be a man of many talents.
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    He's never been afraid to break the rules.
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    A Mayor to be proud of.
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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 01: Mayor of London Boris Johnson after he gets stuck on a zip-line during BT London Live in Victoria Park on August 01, 2012 in London, England. London Mayor Boris Johnson has proved he is ready to put his body on the line for a successful 2012 Olympics - but he might have gone too far in his latest stunt after getting stuck on a zip-line in Victoria Park. Mr Johnson was a guest at a BT London Live event at the east London park, where visitors can watch the Games action on a big screen or try their hand at a range of Olympic sports. But the mayor quickly became a major talking point on Twitter after pictures taken by people at the park surfaced of him dangling awkwardly from the wire, while brandishing a couple of Union flags. Several pictures showed Mr Johnson hanging from a harness wearing a blue helmet while waving the flags, although it is uncertain whether he was intending to stop where he did - or if it was a true zip-line malfunction. Earlier this week a poll of Conservative voters suggested the mayor was their top choice to succeed David Cameron as prime minister. He has so far enjoyed a high-profile Games, kicked off by addressing 60,000 people in Hyde Park on the day of the opening ceremony by taunting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney over his comments apparently doubting London's readiness to host. PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com