£75+VAT per person
Perfect for 8 to 40 guests
Approx. 2.5 hour duration
The Bonham Hotel Edinburgh
35 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh, EH3 7RN
Three course choice menu
Spectacular five star venue
Scripting and casting
Clue kits and pens
Prize for the best detective
Full event management
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.
You will need to nominate between 8 and 12 guests to 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 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.
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 team building days, birthday parties and hen nights.
Looking to go all-out? Contact us to discuss a range of optional extras; for example a vintage singer, jazz band, photographer, magician (can be linked to the murder mystery plot), photo booth, hotel bedrooms or pre-event meeting space etc.
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 30 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 25, max 40) would be invited to meet Sherlock in a privatised section of the Bonham’s No. 35 restaurant.
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.
THE BONHAM HOTEL MURDER MYSTERY MENU
Sweet potato veloute, chilli oil, coriander and red onion bread
Duck rillette ballotine, foie gras, figs and brioche
Cray fish cocktail, lettuces, smoked tomato and avocado
Cauliflower pannacotta, yeasted cauliflower puree, textures of cauliflower
Roasted chicken breast, sweetcorn, chorizo, sundried tomatoes & parsley arancini, purple stem broccoli
Sous vide beef onglet, smoked purple potato mash, braised shallot, cavanero, bourguignon sauce
North sea cod loin, coriander crust, Mediterranean vegetable tagine
Beetroot risotto, blue cheese candied walnuts, baby red chard
Sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream
Raspberry crème brulee, pistachio biscotti
Frangipane, cardamom yoghurt, pomegranate jam, dry milk tuile
Duo of farmhouse Scottish cheeses, frozen grapes, spiced chutney and mini arran oatcakes
A glass of Prosecco is included on arrival.
Table water is provided.
A full cash bar is available throughout the night.
A full wine list is available at this venue but any bespoke wine orders will need to be requested prior to the event.
Contact us to discuss your drinks package now.
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.