Every sector is in the green, with healthcare, financials, and materials the strongest performers on the day.
In economic news, GDP increased by 1% in the September quarter, after an upwardly revised 1.4% in the June quarter.
Over the year to September, GBP grew by 2.5%, seasonablly adjusted.
Economists had been expecting a rise of 0.8% for an annual rate of 2.1%.
Around the region, Asian markets are all stronger; the Hang Seng and Nikkei are the strongest performers, up approximately 0.9% each.