BP aside, the most popular stocks were in more "defensive" sectors. Pharmaceutical AstraZeneca advanced 3.3 percent as new CEO Pascal Soriot received favourable reviews from analysts after a marathon eight-hour strategy update.
Telecom BT led the index with a 3.9 percent gain after a target price hike from Nomura. The two stocks combined to add over 8 points to the FTSE 100.
Topping the fallers was Burberry, which fell 4.1 percent after peer Mulberry issued a profit warning, fuelling fears of a drop in spending among affluent tourists.