The FTSE 100 is currently up about six points to 4,419 after Compass Group and InterContinental Hotels Group lifted trading.
Compass Group, the world's largest caterer, rose 5.25p to 362.75p.
InterContinental, the world's second-biggest hotel operator, jumped 7.5p to 520p, having experienced a slide in share value since the Madrid bombings.
In Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index lost 75.61 points to 11,242.29 earlier today, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 13.21 points to 12,932.62.
In the US, trading ended down yesterday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average index lost 137.19 points to 10,102.89.
The S&P 500 index closed down 16.08 points at 1,104.49, and Nasdaq's Composite index closed down 45.53 points at 1,939.20.IFAonline
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