The FTSE 100 opened 2009 in positive territory with a rise of 15.07, up 0.34% to 4449.24 by 09.00 GMT.
Today, mining shares helped push up the index from opening, with Vedanta Resources the highest climber up by 5.72% to 646.50. Anglo American and Randgold Resources, the best performing share in 2008, also started well and Lonmin was another miner benefiting early, rising 4.77%.
Daily Mail and General Trust Aerospace and defence systems manufacturer Meggitt also gained, as did cruise company Carnival.
Financials Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and HSBC Holdings saw early rises of 3.44% and 2.34% respectively.
There was also good news from other European markets as Germany's Dax climbed 1.17% to 4,866.71 points in early trading and France's Cac 40 was up 1.26% at 3,258.61.
Two global vehicles
'Further plug advice gap'
Must appoint separate CEOs and boards
Advisers do come out well
Will report to Mark Till