£90+VAT per person

Perfect for 15 to 40 guests

Approx. 2.5 hour duration

The Bonham Hotel Edinburgh

35 Drumsheugh Gardens

Edinburgh, EH3 7RN

Prosecco reception

Three course menu


Half bottle of wine

Detective actor

Scripting and casting

Clue kits

Prize for the best detective

Spectacular five star venue

About the murder mystery events we hold at the Bonham Hotel

The murder mystery plot

We offer a choice of two plots for a murder mystery at the Bonham Hotel – Sherlock Holmes: The Case Of The Magician’s Inventor and Dead Dogs Tell No Tales.

Sherlock Holmes: The Case Of The Magician’s Inventor – Queen Victoria is dead. The British Empire is at its height. But from ‎across the shores a storm is brewing, a storm that could change the whole world forever. What is the link between world politics, a rundown theatre in the West End and an eccentric inventor? Travel back in time and meet the master detective, Mr Sherlock Holmes, as he unravels the case.

Dead Dogs Tell No Tales – London, the 70’s. Criminals and the Flying Squad at each other’s throats. Now a case to blow everything apart – Terry ‘The Dog’ Mitchell, small-time crook, has been found murdered. But Terry knew a secret, a secret which could shake London to its very core. A new, exciting interactive murder mystery from West End Events and the chance to step into the shadowy world of 1970’s London crime.

Group sizes

We require a minimum of 15 people at this venue, of which 8 to 12 will play the part of suspects. Any guests above this number need not be left out though as there are plenty of jobs for willing detectives; making notes during the suspect testimonies, examining clues and trying to uncover the murderer. The largest group size we can accommodate at The Bonham Hotel is 40. 

For groups of 26+ a second actor playing the detective’s assistant is included free-of-charge. 

Groups of 40+ should contact us to discuss other murder mystery styles that are more suited to higher numbers.

Format of the murder mystery

Ahead of your murder mystery at the Bonham Edinburgh, a number of your guests will be supplied with clues, secrets and motives which will see them suspected of committing the most horrendous of crimes (have you guessed what it is yet!?). Then, on the day in question, our detective will attend the venue to quiz the suspects. The plot will unfold as each guest discovers their part in the events that resulted in a murder, finally leading to the shocking revelation that one of them is a killer!

The interactive nature of this event makes it perfect for a variety of different occasions including corporate team building days, Christmas parties, birthday parties and hen nights. 

Reasons to choose a murder mystery at the Bonham Hotel Edinburgh

Venue location and style

The 5 star Bonham Hotel is located in the West End of Edinburgh but only a ten minute walk from Princess Street. The property is actually a combination of three Victorian town houses which, despite recent renovations, retain much of their original character. Occupied in the 19th century by wealthy families and their servants, The Bonham Hotel is the perfect setting for our Sherlock Holmes themed murder mystery dinners.

Private dining spaces at the Bonham

There are two private dining spaces available at this venue. Firstly, the delightful Dean Suite which offers high ceilings and bay windows with views of Drumsheugh Gardens. Here, up to 25 guests can be seated around one boardroom-style dining table for the murder mystery itself, whilst the adjoining Library is a fantastic addition for the drinks reception.  Alternatively, slightly larger groups (min 26, max 40) would be invited to meet Sherlock in a privatised section of the Bonham’s No. 35 restaurant.

Venue reviews

We could write so much about the food and service at this venue but rather than take our word for it, why not check out The Bonham’s independent reviews on TripAdvisor. We think you’ll agree that this is one of the best murder mystery venues in Edinburgh, however, if you’re still not sure then why not hire a murder mystery actor to come to a venue of your choice.



Tomato & fire roasted red pepper velouté, focaccia bread (v)
Nori wrapped Shetland salmon, wasabi cream, pickled ginger; radishes & cucumber, tapioca squid ink crackers
Cockburn haggis croquette, black truffle & potato espuma, pickled turnips, heritage carrot crisps
Black quinoa salad, roasted cauliflower, chicory, orange segments, dates, cumin dressing (v)


Free range harissa marinated chicken breast, chorizo mash potato,  tenderstem broccoli
Slow cooked Scottish Borders lamb shoulder, goats cheese & sun-dried tomato potato gratin, crispy kale, jus
Carrot & chickpea feuille de bric, feta cheese, coriander, house salad (v)
Yuzu seabass, saffron & tomato risotto, purple sprouting broccoli, squid ink cracker


Duo of matured Scottish cheeses, grapes, oatcakes, plum & apple chutney
Bonham sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce, Arran Dairy vanilla ice cream
Elderflower panna cotta, white balsamic strawberries
Glazed lemon tart, crème fraiche, raspberries

A glass of Prosecco is included on arrival.

Half a bottle of house wine is included with dinner.

Table water is provided.

A full cash bar is available throughout the night.

Our interactive murder mysteries can be tailored to run to your schedule, whether around a lunch or a dinner. But as a rough guide the murder mystery parties usually follow the following format:

7.00pm – Guests arrive for Prosecco welcome drink

7.30pm –  Murder mystery begins

7.50pm –  Dinner is served

10.00pm – Carriages

Please treat the above as a guide rather than an exact schedule.

At all of our parties we want our guests to feel comfortable and have a great time.

Our interactive murder mystery nights work really well when guests dress up as the parts that they will be playing. For instance, a police officer or wealthy baroness. That said, we don’t enforce a dress code so we’ll leave the decision up to you and your guests

We cater for all dietary requirements and these can be noted on the paperwork we send once you have booked. The only exception is kosher which requires specialist caterers so please contact us for more information.

We require a deposit of £30+VAT per guest in order to secure your booking, the final balance is due four weeks before the party.

“…Thank you so much for a wonderful event.
The entire night was a success with our staff all saying how much fun they had.
It was really well organised, the actor was fantastic and the venue was great as well. We would recommend the event to others as a brilliant night out”

MASTA Limited, private interactive murder mystery (London venue)

What preparation is required for the event?

You’ll need to invite your guests and then provide us with a list of their names. You’ll also need to let us know which of the guests is playing the part of a suspect.

The actor will contact the suspects with their character information and let them know what to expect. The suspects will need to familiarise themselves with a small amount of information but there are no scripted lines to rehearse. All of the questions the detective asks them during the murder mystery can be answered from the notes we provide.

We’ll ask the organiser to fill in a function sheet detailing any dietary requirements, menu selections (where applicable) and optional drinks orders.

If you’ve decided to dress up you’ll need to think about your costumes. Suspects can be guided by their character information, other guests can go for anything that fits with the theme you’ve selected.

The booking process 

The first step is to contact us and check availability of your preferred date and time. If you decide to go ahead we’d issue an invoice which can be paid via bank transfer or credit / debit card (we accept American Express). We take a deposit payment of £30+VAT per person at the time of booking with the final balance due 6 weeks prior to the event.


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