250 international students have become world record holders in London this week, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest mortar board toss.

The attempt recognised the growth of international students studying in London, which this year reached over 108,000 - more than any other city in the world.

More than 100 different nations and over 30 London universities were represented in the attempt, including: King's College London, UCL, Imperial College, London Business School, University of Greenwich and University of the Arts London.

Students completed the record breaking attempt as part of World Record London, a calendar of record-breaking events taking place in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The mortar board toss was the 14th record in a series of 20 being broken by World Record London this year.

London & Partners, the official promotional agency for the capital, is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and a network of commercial partners.

Gordon Innes, CEO London & Partners, commented: 'London continues to attract a huge diversity of students from all over the world to study at our first class universities. Today's record was about bringing these talented students together to celebrate their achievements in London.'