Tatler releases a cheeky guide to coronavirus panic shopping

Stockpile like a socialite! From Crème de la Mer to Fortnum & Mason caviar, Tatler releases a VERY cheeky guide to coronavirus panic shopping

  • People across the UK are stockpiling in case of coronavirus stockpiling
  • Toilet roll, washing up liquid and pasta are among the most in-demand items
  • Tatler has released a list of items well-heeled customers need to consider buying
  • Highlights include Crème de la Mer and caviar from Fortnum & Mason

Toilet roll, pasta and washing-up liquid are at the top of many shopping lists this week as the UK ramps up stockpiling amid fears the country could soon be placed on an Italy-style lockdown.

However society bible Tatler has a rather different idea of the ‘essentials’ every home needs should the most extreme measures be taken. 

The magazine released a tongue-in-cheek list of the 13 items every well-heeled shopper should snap up in the event of a nationwide quarantine or government-enforced self-isolation. 

Among the highlights are fresh catches from the Harrods fish counter and caviar from the Queen’s grocer, Fortnum & Mason. 

Here, a selection of the high-end items that socialites should panic buy…

Catch of the day from Harrods fish bar 

The dinner must go on! Pop scallops and oysters from Harrods fish bar (pictured) in the freezer to ensure you are ready for any dinner parties for your immediate family, Tatler suggests

‘Make your way to the Harrods fish bar and stock up on Scottish hand-dived scallops, English rock oysters and the juiciest prawns – take them home to your extensive freezer so that once in quarantine, seafood risottos and extravagant starters are still an option for entertaining the immediate family,’ Tatler suggests in typically cheeky fashion. 

Caviar from Fortnum & Mason  

Most of us will never have caviar in the kitchen, but not so for the upper echelons of British society, who are advised to rush to Fortnum & Mason, known for its close ties to the Royal Family. 

Tatler advises taking the opportunity to also stock up on preserves, noting that breakfast wouldn’t be the same without Fortnum’s specialty spreads. 

Truffles by Charbonnel et Walker

Luxury comfort food: While a Twix, Mars or Crunchie might be the order of the day for many of us, Tatler readers are directed towards Charbonnel et Walker truffles (pictured)

Chocolates can make us feel better even at the worst of times, so there is no doubt they need to be on everyone’s worst-case-scenario shopping list. 

But while a Twix, Mars or Crunchie might be the order of the day for many of us, Tatler readers are directed towards Charbonnel et Walker truffles. 


Cucumbers are one of the most hardworking additions to any kitchen, particularly one belonging to a person used to the finer things in life. 

Ensure you have enough so you can continue to place a slice on your eyes during an at-home spa treatment, or jazz up your favourite G&T and life will feel a little bit more normal despite the circumstances. 

Founded in 1875, the company is one of Britain’s first and finest chocolatiers and has a dazzling range of delicious treats to choose from. 

Among the most indulgent is the Milk Marc De Champagne Truffles (£27).     

Crème de la Mer

Famously expensive skincare brand Crème de la Mer is a must-have for actors, models and society beauties alike. 

So it is of little surprise it tops the list of Tatler’s coronavirus isolation essentials. 

The magazine points out that the self-isolation would only be made worse by a ‘deteriorating complexion’ so it is a good idea to make sure you have plenty in the bathroom cupboards. 

However you’ll need deep pockets. A 100ml pot of the best-selling The Moisturizing Soft Cream will set you back £355, while The Eye Concentrate costs £180 for just 15ml.

Luxury skincare: Famously expensive skincare brand Crème de la Mer. Pictured, A 100ml pot of the best-selling The Moisturizing Soft Cream will set you back £355

… Luxury toilet roll

Even the world’s mega rich use the bathroom! But unlike the rest of us, they don’t plump for a standard own brand multi-pack from the local supermarket. 

Instead Tatler suggests seeking out a luxury bamboo alternative, which is better for the environment, naturally hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial.  

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