The FTSE 100 was within range of a fresh record high on Friday after mining and banking stocks rose.
Rising copper prices boosted mining shares, with Antofagasta up 2.6%.
Banks also supported the index, with Standard Chartered up 2.5% and Royal Bank of Scotland 1.7% higher.
Intercontinental Hotels Group slid 0.9% despite the Holiday Inn owner reporting rising third-quarter revenues.
The company said that the key measure of revenue per available room, or RevPAR, rose 2.3% in the three months to September.
However, there was a big split between its performance in Europe and the Americas.In Europe, RevPAR jumped 7.1% as tourists returned to markets previously hit by terror attacks, but in the Americas it was up just 0.8% in a quarter affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
On the currency markets, the pound rose 0.2% against the dollar to $1.3181 and was up 0.6% against the euro at €1.1159....