European shares moved a leg higher on Wednesday as positive sentiment in the US acted as a tonic to investor confidence, driving the FTSE 100 into positive territory.
BP more than doubled profits in the third quarter after riding the wave of higher oil prices.
The pound climbed higher amid hopes of an imminent Brexit breakthrough on Friday, putting pressure on top-flight stocks in London.
Tesco trailed the FTSE 100 on Wednesday after a set of results which came in under market expectations.
Sterling received a boost on Monday following reports that the Government is preparing a Brexit compromise on the Irish border as it attempts to break the negotiating deadlock with the EU.
London’s blue-chip index was at its highest for almost a month on Thursday, supported by high oil prices.
The FTSE 100 enjoyed another day in positive territory on Thursday as it took its cue from across the pond, where US markets hit record highs.
Three people have been injured after a shooting in north-west London.