£90+VAT per person

Perfect for 15 to 150 guests

Approx. 2.5 hour duration

Malmaison Leeds

1 Swinegate

Leeds, LS1 4AG

Prosecco reception

Three course menu


Half bottle of wine

Detective actor

Scripting and casting

Clue kits

Prize for the best detective

Spectacular four star venue

About the murder mystery events we hold at Malmaison Leeds

The murder mystery plot

The package we offer for a murder mystery at Malmaison Leeds includes our most popular plot – Sherlock Holmes: The Case Of The Magician’s Inventor.

It’s 1908 and your host, Professor Cornelius Kettlewell, scientist and inventor, has invited a selection of his most esteemed acquaintances to dinner. Unfortunately, all is not as it seems and one of his trusted contacts has proven not to be so trustworthy after all! Enter your very own super sleuth, the one-and-only Sherlock Holmes.

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.

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

Groups of 50+ 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 Malmaison Leeds, 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, work Christmas parties, adult birthday parties and hen nights. 

The approximate duration of the murder mystery and the dinner is 2.5 to 3 hours. 

Reasons to hold your murder mystery at Malmaison Leeds

Venue location and style

Malmaison Leeds is situated on Swinegate, right in the heart of the city centre. The location is ideal with the train station, Leeds Corn Exchange and loads of nightlife only a short walk away. Originally the Leeds City Tramway Office, this five storey Victorian building has now been converted into a modern boutique hotel. Malmaison Leeds offers 100 rooms and suites, a trendy bar and its popular Chez Mal brasserie. If you’d like to start your murder mystery with a few drinks, the bar offers an excellent selection of wine, champagne, cocktails and craft beer. 

Malmaison Leeds’ private dining rooms

We’ve chosen to run our murder mystery nights at Malmaison Leeds because of their fantastic range of private dining rooms. These flexible spaces can be used as one large room or split off into smaller sections; perfect for groups of 15 to 150. Each space has been well designed and makes an attractive setting for a murder mystery dinner. But, in our opinion, the winning space has to be The Tramshed with its exposed brickwork, hanging filament bulbs and original artwork. This delightful room seats 22 on one long table or 26 on several smaller tables. 

Venue reviews

Malmaison is well known for its stylish private dining rooms, delicious food and tasty cocktails and this particular hotel ranks amongst the best in the city. But rather than read our opinion, why not have a look at the Malmaison Leeds Tripadvisor page to hear what other visitors thought. We think this venue is a great choice for a murder mystery dinner in Leeds, however, if you’re still not sure then why not hire a murder mystery actor to come to a location of your choice.



Roast tomato & red pepper soup, red chilli oil (VE, GF)
Buffalo mozzarella & heritage tomatoes, red chilli, sherry vinegar, fresh basil (V, GF)
Confit duck & ham terrine, autumn coleslaw, toasted brioche (VE or GF on request)


Smoked haddock fishcake, spinach & grain mustard sauce (GF)
Confit duck leg, bok choi, hoisin sauce
Baked gnocchi Sorrentina, buffalo mozzarella & basil (V, GF)

All served with sautéed Apache potatoes, tenderstem broccoli & green beans


Chez Mal sticky toffee pudding, pecan caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream (V, GF)
Classic vanilla crème brulee (V, GF)
Neapolitan profiteroles filled with strawberry, chocolate & vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce (V)

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 are 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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