So who wants to be able to hear whatever your fellow pub-goers are saying, anyway? Let's face it, they're probably talking about work, Claire getting up the duff or the hike in price of Marlboro Lights.
So it's lucky for you that you don't stand a chance of hearing anything more than the truly awesome music being belted out from the PA system at these top London live music bars and clubs.
Welcome to a world of plastic pint classes, getting your bits felt as you crowd surf and, ultimately, tinnitus.
Totally worth it though.