Tuesday's rally in oil prices also boosted European basic resources stocks on Wednesday. This was despite a paring in crude gains on Wednesday, after weekly data from the U.S. government showed a rise in oil inventories to 3.073 million barrels.
Among the top performers was offshore driller Seadrill, which gained over 12 percent and Tullow Oil, which closed around 8.5 percent higher. Anglo American gained nearly nearly 10 percent, while Antofagasta and Rio Tinto both ended the day over 7 percent higher.
However, the top performer of all was Lonmin, which continued a week-long rally to close a staggering 33.5 percent higher on the day.
The slight recovery in oil prices proved bad news for shares of airlines, however, for whom rising prices would translate into higher fuel costs. Budget airlines Easyjet and Ryanair closed the day around 5 percent lower.