The EU’s failure to agree a bail out deal for Greece hindered progress on London’s leading shares index.
The FTSE 100 Index was flat at 5752 after eurozone finance ministers were unable to reach a deal to give Greece the next tranche of its emergency aid and will now meet again next week.
Sentiment was not helped by worse-than-expected UK public finance figures, which revealed £8.6bn of borrowing in October - up £2.7bn on a year earlier.
The pound was higher against the euro at 1.24 as uncertainty weakened the single currency. Sterling was also up against the US dollar at 1.59.
The biggest FTSE 100 risers were BG Group up 29p at 1060p, United Utilities ahead 12.5p at 671.5p, Imperial Tobacco up 44p at 2472p and British Land ahead 9p at 524p.
The biggest FTSE 100 fallers were Johnson Matthey down 135p at 2190p, Vedanta Resources off 26p at 1057p, Eurasian Natural Resources down 6p at 269p and Kingfisher off 5.9p at 272p.